Is Thanksgiving really only two days away?! If this is your first semester as a graduate student, you are in for a treat or two with the holidays coming up. Not knowing what to expect, you might be feeling nervous, excited, anxious, or a combination of these and other emotions. On the other hand, you might be as cool as a cucumber. Either way, your holidays as a graduate…

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We’ve all been there: sick in bed and unsure if it would be good to grin and bear it and carry on about our day, or call in sick to stay at home and rest.  Many graduate students probably end up ignoring their sicknesses and acting like they’re okay, but this isn’t always the best decision.  There are plenty of reasons why you might want to think twice about going to…

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You’ve excelled at everything in your life thus far. You’re a budding expert in your field. You dazzle your peers and faculty with your mad research skills. You’re a superstar in your field. So why would becoming a new parent be any different? According to recent research, feeling pressure to be a “super-parent” can exacerbate mental health conditions in new parents. This research comes from a new study on…

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Do you like having a morning boost to get your day going, or do you enjoy having caffeine to get some work done later in the day and into the night?  However you like to have your caffeine fix, you might be interested to know which popular coffee shops around you have the largest caffeine count.  I’ve picked four of the most popular coffee places in America and compared their…

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I recently wrote that the major ways to handle schedule changes in grad school are to set your priorities, budget your time, and know your limits. I also discussed that managing your time, maintaining your relationships, and creating new relationships are ways you can adjust to social changes in grad school. But what if your new schedule and changed social life get to be too much? What if…

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Working parents (and moms, especially) have muddled through the demands of raising their children and doing work for thousands of years. As a mom and young assistant professor, I have some confessions I’d like to share—the good, the bad, and the ugly.   1. I brought my child to extra-curricular activities. I was asked to be co-advisor for our department’s honor society. So I brought my daughter to various events…

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An adjustment change that many graduate students have to go through is figuring out how to balance their social lives and academic lives. Undergraduates have plenty of opportunities to be social, but grad students have a much heavier work load, and therefore, less time. However, there are still a number of ways you can have a healthy social life while in grad school. Manage Your Time Similarly to how you…

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Adjusting to graduate school is challenging for many reasons, but many students would probably tell you that the change that has brought the most difficulties is money. We already know that it’s difficult just to pay for grad school, as described in our articles about paying for graduate school. However, I want to focus on how to deal with the financial adjustments that must come…

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How were your study habits during undergraduate school? It might surprise you to know that even if you earned straight As, you’ll need to adjust your studying habits according to your grad program. For the next 2–5 years, you’ll be faced with plenty of challenges, so it’ll be best if you’re prepared and already know about some differences between undergrad and grad school. Here are some helpful tips that you…

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I hope you’ve been able to read through my current blog series about adjusting to life as a graduate student and getting used to the many changes that occur when you come from either undergraduate school or the work force and start your graduate career. As part of the transition, sleeping schedules tend to change and, most of the time, worsen, the more time you’re in grad school. However, there…

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