Grad School Probs? Use Personality Differences to Your Advantage

Grad School Probs? Use Personality Differences to Your Advantage

There is no question that you will need to work with others in order to be successful in grad school. If you know a little bit about personality theory, you will not only be able to predict how people will react in various situations, but you will also be able to use your own personality tendencies to increase productivity.

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Best Financial Apps for Grad Students

Best Financial Apps for Grad Students

With tuition, housing, groceries, and gas costs, it’s no secret that grad students have money struggles.  One of the keys to staying above water financially is being educated and knowing how much money you have at a particular time.  If you use these apps well, they’ll help you figure out how much money you spend and where via budgets and other tools.  Each of the following apps brings something different to the table, so it’s important to know your priorities before installing an app. 

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A Pep Talk to the Overworked Grad Student

A Pep Talk to the Overworked Grad Student

Feel like your advisor is working you into the ground? Perhaps you have come to the conclusion that graduate programs have complete disregard for their students’ personal lives and that they intentionally and ruthlessly work their students like slaves. I won’t attempt to deny these accusations, but I do believe in seeing the bright side to any unfortunate situation. Below I’ve outlined a little pep talk to encourage you on your quest for that coveted postgraduate degree.

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Upcoming Series: Smartphone Apps for Grad Students

Upcoming Series: Smartphone Apps for Grad Students

It seems that technology is advancing with each passing day, especially when it comes to our mobile phones.  Smartphones have become such a part of our normal routine that we tend to panic when we forget them at home, when they run out of batteries, or when we drop them and crack the screens.

I’m basing my next series on these gadgets and something that we like to download onto them: applications.  Apps, much like our beloved smartphones, come in all shapes and sizes; some help you get organized, and others are more educational.  I’ll include these topics and more in the upcoming series.

Academic Subject Apps

Students in grad school tend to burn out at one point or another as a result of losing interest in their thesis/dissertation topics or even their diminishing mental stamina.  The learning apps in this post will include information and subjects for users to learn something new apart from their academic subjects that they’ve been learning for years.

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Tangentrider
I've been using Evernote, Adobe Reader, and Kindle Reader in the proposal drafting process. Super useful.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 17:23
ReneMPaulson
Tangentrider, those are great apps for grad students; thanks for the input! I'll actually be discussing some of them in this serie... Read More
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Should Grad Students Care About Course Evaluations?

Should Grad Students Care About Course Evaluations?

If you’re even remotely considering going into academia, you will need to gain as much teaching experience as you can. Part of teaching is the dreaded course evaluations. Whether you are teaching a solo class or are simply a teaching assistant, should you care about course evaluations?

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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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3 Ways to Impress at Career Fairs

3 Ways to Impress at Career Fairs

If you look around, many job hunting opportunities are available to us now, including university-sponsored career fairs and job fairs in the community.  Unfortunately for most, career fairs cause anxiety because of the amount of people who attend or because of the pressure people put on themselves to impress employers.  Here are some thoughts to keep in mind while attending career fairs.

Types of Career Fairs

Be mindful of the type of career fairs you attend, whether they are on college campuses or in large cities.  Campus-sponsored events host company recruiters who specifically look for college students needing a part-time internship during school or a job after graduation.  These fairs are great to practice meeting professionals and learning how to talk with them about the field.  On a larger scale, major cities host career fairs when many companies’ recruiters are looking for recent graduates or professionals in the field.  Recruiters at these fairs are usually looking for employees with more field experience, so they can be competitive and difficult to navigate.  Read over this article from collegegrad.com to learn how to deal with the different kinds of career fairs out there.

Prior Preparation

Try to go to career fairs early to get your feet wet and practice talking with employers.  Attending career fairs and networking early will make you more comfortable with more important fairs later.  When you’re seriously looking for a job or internship, begin preparing for career fairs early by actively researching when they will be.  There will usually be a list of companies from your university that will be represented at the fair, so read through the list and decide which companies you want to focus on.  Then, work on your resume and talk with on-campus advisors and career counselors about the fair.  To get more advice about career fairs and how to prepare for them, read through Mike Profita’s article on about.com.

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Things I’m Glad I Did in Grad School

Things I’m Glad I Did in Grad School

We’ve all had our successes and failures in life, and grad school is no exception. Here are some of the successes I had in grad school. In my last post, I shared with you some regrets I had, but here I’ll share with you my high notes in grad school. If you do some of these things, maybe you can have an easier time in grad school, too.

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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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10 Questions to Ask Yourself before Deciding to Get a PhD

10 Questions to Ask Yourself before Deciding to Get a PhD

Before deciding to embark on another 5-10 years of education, know the facts about getting a PhD (see my previous blog on myths of getting a PhD). If you’re still confident a PhD is the right path for you, ask yourself the following:

1. Can I afford it?
If you are considering student loans, mean graduate debt was $14,479 according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (NSF, 2012). Also take into account the cost it takes to apply to multiple PhD programs. Can you afford moving to another region of the country? All these things add up before the first day of classes.

2. How much money could I be making during the time it takes to get a PhD?
In addition to thinking about out-of-pocket expenses, consider the opportunity cost of getting a PhD. Think of both time and money. Figuring your opportunity cost will help answer the question, “Is it worth it?” To know how much money you will make after graduation, you will need to ask yourself the next question below.

3. To what industry do I want to enter as a career?
This question will better target what kind of salary you are likely to make in the future. There are plenty of people with master’s degrees who rake in $90k+ a year. How did they do it? They went into industries that pay well. The degree you hold is not the only factor in how much money you will make.

4. Is it impossible to get my dream job without a PhD?
If the answer is yes, then you need to get a PhD. Be realistic about the type of job that you are likely to get upon graduation, as well. When choosing programs, ask what type of jobs people get when they graduate.

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7 Myths About Getting a PhD

7 Myths About Getting a PhD

Should you get a master’s degree or should you go on to get your PhD? If you’re considering getting even more education, be aware of some of these misguided assumptions surrounding the elusive PhD.

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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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Making a Syllabus - What Course Policies Should You Include?

Making a Syllabus - What Course Policies Should You Include?

In creating your college syllabus, what course policies should you include? These tips may help you write a syllabus that clearly communicates your policies to your students.

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How Your Schedule Changes In Grad School

How Your Schedule Changes In Grad School

I hope you’ve all been enjoying this blog series about adjusting to graduate school. Today’s post is about scheduling changes: what you should expect in grad school and how you can transition well. When you become a grad student, you might feel that you’re not able to fit everything you need to do within your week, but here are a few ways that you can alleviate this feeling.

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