3 Holiday Tips for Graduate Students

3 Holiday Tips for Graduate Students

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 student will look a little different than they did when you were an undergrad or an industry professional. Here are things you should know about this holiday season as a grad student:

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Being Sick as a College Student

Being Sick as a College Student

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 classes, work, lab hours, etc. while you’re sick: getting others sick if you’re contagious, potentially getting sicker, and not allowing your body to rest and recuperate properly.

Self-Care

I understand not wanting to get sick when you have a ton of things going on as a college student, but the answer to getting better will usually not consist of continuing to do everything on your schedule.  Sometimes, we get sick because our body needs us to slow down, take a break, and take better care of ourselves.  I’m not telling you to ignore your priorities as a student (and any other roles you play in your professional and personal life), but give yourself some time every month or so to relax and not worry about grad school stresses.  One of our other bloggers, John, even wrote about this subject last March; take a look at what he had to say.

As the infographic above describes, there are plenty of ways to stay healthy and allow your immune system to do its job in protecting your body.  However, things we do to prevent sickness might not work all the time.  If you happen to get ill, think about taking a day or two to recuperate so you can get back to being 100% again.  Be careful with ignoring your symptoms and going about your days because you could end up worse and have to spend even more time to heal; plus, you could get classmates and coworkers sick, which they would not appreciate.

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Are You a Super-Parent? Why You Shouldn’t Put So Much Pressure on Yourself

Are You a Super-Parent? Why You Shouldn’t Put So Much Pressure on Yourself

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.

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What Are the Best Coffee Shops?

What Are the Best Coffee Shops?

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 caffeine counts so you know which brands of coffee will be best at any time of the day.  I found this information from Caffeine Informer.

Starbucks

Starbucks’ brewed coffee that comes in a 12-ounce cup, called a Tall, contains 260 mg of caffeine.  The brewed coffee has more caffeine than any of their other drinks in this size.  You can also grab Starbucks’ instant coffee, cans, or bottles at grocery stores; these store-bought options contain anywhere from about 40 mg to 130 mg.  Take a look at caffeineinformer’s article about Starbucks’ caffeine counts to learn about your other favorite drinks from this iconic shop.

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Adjusting to Grad School: When You Can’t Do It All

Adjusting to Grad School: When You Can’t Do It All

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?

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Confessions of a Mommy-Professor: How I Handled Parenthood and Job Demands as a College Professor

Confessions of a Mommy-Professor: How I Handled Parenthood and Job Demands as a College Professor

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.

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Adjusting to Grad School Life: Social Changes

Adjusting to Grad School Life: Social Changes

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.

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Adjusting To Grad School: Money, Money, Money

Adjusting To Grad School: Money, Money, Money

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 while attending grad school.

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Studying Habits in Grad School

Studying Habits in Grad School

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 can use, whether you just started grad school, you’re almost done with grad school, or if grad school is just a twinkle in your eye.

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How To Pull an All-Nighter

How To Pull an All-Nighter

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 are plenty of ways to adjust your sleeping patterns, no matter what your usual sleeping schedule looks like. If you didn’t get a chance to read the first part of adjusting to graduate school by getting better sleeping habits, then take a look at it HERE. For this post, I want to give some healthy tips of how you can break those sleeping habits in healthy ways.

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Up All Night? How To Sleep in Grad School

Up All Night? How To Sleep in Grad School

When you transition into graduate school from either your undergrad or life in the field, you will probably find that your sleeping habits change and become unhealthy because of late nights studying and early morning classes. I want to give you two different ways to better the way you sleep in grad school: how to make your sleeping habits more consistent and how to temporarily break your habits in a healthy way. In this post, I’m going to address how you can make better sleeping habits for yourself.

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6 Ways Grad School Changes Your Life: How To Deal

6 Ways Grad School Changes Your Life: How To Deal

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of spring and is still pushing forward in their graduate school journey. My next series will be about how to best adjust to various situations in graduate school and is geared for all graduate students: brand new students who are fresh out of undergraduate programs, students who have already been in the graduate program for a few years, students who came back to school after being in the workforce, and even students who have made a career out of attending school by earning multiple grad degrees. The next blogs in the series are being written with all of you in mind who are finding difficulties in adjusting to graduate schools many facets.

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