Building on my series of getting the most out of your student discount, this blog will outline some of the best uses of your student discount.
If you have been enjoying all the student discount savings so far, then you are going to love these last couple of discounts in the finale of my series on student discounts. In reviewing the remaining discounts on my list, I couldn’t think of any way to logically categorize these remaining items (because you know how we graduate students love to logically categorize things), so I will simply call them the totally random and still awesome savings.
Totally Random But Still Awesome Discounts
Being a graduate student does have some advantages and these are just a few more places where you can use your student status to save some dough.
· Sam’s Club – Discounted membership AND $15 gift card
· Amazon Prime for Students – enjoy 6 months of free prime shipping, Amazon Instant Video, and a discounted rate for Amazon Prime after the 6 month free period...
We all know how costly graduate school is. We also know how little it pays (if anything) to be in graduate school. I can certainly say from personal experience, that I know the financial hardships of being in graduate school. Through these experiences, I have learned a thing or two about the art of being frugal and saving a dime or two. The internet is filled with ways to save money and seemingly impossible stories of people getting $300 worth of groceries for 67 cents. I don’t know about you by I have neither the time nor the interest to cut coupons, buy in bulk, or drive all over town to save a few bucks, but more power to those of you who do. I have, however, learned to take advantage of an often over-looked money saving trick: The Student Discount. In this blog miniseries, I will outline some of the best places to get a student discount, ranging from electronics to entertainment to (my personal favorite) shoes and clothes.
So last week I talked a lot about what graduate school burnout is, and some warning signs that you might be experiencing burnout. This week I will be talking about what to do if you are experiencing some of the signs of burnout. Below are some helpful ways to help battle burnout and help you regain your passion for your field, knowledge, and your future career trajectory.
With these next few posts, I would like to put some of the more glamorous aspects of grad school on hold – yes, there are many glamorous aspects of grad school – and talk about a very serious issue that impacts many graduate students: burnout. In part one of this two-part series, I will be talking about what burnout is, and some of the warning signs that you might be experiencing burnout. In part two, I will be discussing ways prevent and treat burnout.
Chances are if you are in graduate school you probably barely have time to brush your teeth and comb your hair in the morning. Furthermore, unlike the majority of the workforce that lives paycheck to paycheck, your finances might look something more like school loan to school loan. With all of these time and financial restrictions, how is one supposed to be able to maintain a healthy diet? Well, I’m not going to lie to you, your diet will likely not consist of organic market-fresh produce, home-cooked meals three times a day, or even once a day for that matter; however, I have created the following tips to help make faster, cheaper, and healthier meal options – and, no, I am not going to mention ramen noodles…we’re graduate students; we’re past that.
As graduate students, we are constantly being evaluated, from papers to presentations to clinical work to theses and dissertations. In addition, we are being evaluated against very high standards. That is just the nature of the beast that is graduate school. I know for me, at times, it can feel like being under a microscope and that my every action is being secretly observed and assessed. While I know on a cognitive level that I am in fact not under surveillance 24-7, it sure can feel that way. With all the evaluations and benchmarks that we as graduate students have successfully accomplish (i.e., hoops to jump through), it is hard to not internalize a constant sense of self-monitoring, perfectionism, ruminating, and a high level of self-criticism – I know that I personally struggle with all of these.
Those of you in graduate school probably know the feeling of being somehow disconnected from the “real world.” In many ways, if we are not careful, graduate school can alienate us from our friends, families, and things that we used to enjoy. However, what I am talking about here is being in a different temporal world – a world where time stands still, yet simultaneously passes by in a single moment. One of the clearest examples of this would be any given semester in graduate school. Week one starts with a new syllabus, and another workload to add to the to-do list. What seems like a week later, half of the assignments have been done, and it is spring break, which does not feel like a break because you spend the entire break trying to catch up, dare I even say try to get ahead. Before you know it, that semester is gone, you have another blur of a “break,” and do the whole thing all over again…and again….and again.
In my experiences, I have never known a graduate student who complained about getting too much sleep or being too well-rested. In fact, some might argue that if you are not over-worked and over-slept, then you must be slacking in some area of your life. While I would argue that whoever says this probably has poor boundaries, but that is a different rant. Most of us at some time or another struggle with sleep – falling asleep, staying asleep, getting up in the morning. While we have all heard tips about getting better sleep – don’t drink caffeine too late, avoid napping during the day, warm tea, warm milk – some of us still find ourselves having difficulty sleeping. Here are some helpful sleep tips that hopefully will help you have most restful sleep.
I would never sit across from a client wearing cut-offs and a muscle T. At the same time, I would never sit across from a client wearing a polyester, double-breasted, four-button suit, but for different reasons. On one hand, most would be in agreement that the first example would not be professional; however, I think its safe to say that most would say that a suit is appropriate attire for the workplace, and I would agree, there is just one problem – it’s not me. There are many styles of clothing of dress that are appropriate for the workplace, and I have found a style that works for me, and is professional.
Many people would consider themselves to be good at multi-tasking. I would like to think I am not the first person in the world who has every brushed their teeth while blow drying their hair and finishing up a reading to save a few minutes in the morning before an 8 am class. Our culture is becoming more quickly-paced and task driven than ever before. Many graduate students are often rewarded for multitasking, and in fact many of us probably got into graduate school in no small part for our ability to manage a demanding schedule. However, if there is one thing that the rates of texting-related accidents has taught us it’s that we – and I include myself in that – think that we are better multi-taskers that we actually are.
As graduate students we are taught a lot, and I do mean A LOT! This is often most evident by the 300-500 pages per class per week we are often required to read. Additionally, our education is often a combination of both didactic and experiential learning. While there is a lot that we are taught in grad school, if there is one thing I have learned over my course of practicum experiences – there is a lot they don’t teach you in grad school. In this series of blogs I would like to share with you some of my experiences that I have had that were definitely not covered in the classroom.
In many evaluations throughout my career as a PhD student, I have been given the feedback that I need to practice better self-care. I have been given suggestions as to how to have self-care, such as exercise, getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, doing things I enjoy, etc., etc. Now, I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that I am not the only grad student who has been told to work on their self-care, especially within the field of applied psychology.
I RARELY write in my planner in pen. Only things that are absolutely, positively not going to change – such as birthdays, anniversaries, holidays – will I dare to write in red rink. While I hate the smudge of pencil, as a graduate student, therapist in training, and employee, my schedule changes more times than Madonna live in concert. As much as I despise pencil smudge, I hate scratched-on pen mark even more. But I digress…