You are not alone…

Sometimes, writing a dissertation can be exhilarating.  There is nothing like that day that you check something major over the ToDo list.  On other days, however, it can be lonely and/or boring.  On those days, it really helps to reach out to others who have been where you are.  Here are links to a few of those blogs:

I hope they help you remember that you are not alone.

Becoming more productive

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Managing your time as a PhD student is exhausting. I often find myself blinking at the sheer number of tasks that need to be completed.  Since the start of this academic year, I have juggled revisions on my parts of my dissertation, learning Swahili, attending research skills workshops, writing conference presentations, teaching, and managing my three non-dissertation research projects. Even though I have experience in these areas, they still take lots of time.  I dream about having a research assistant.  LOL.

I know that there are two types of people in my PhD world:  (1) those who are productive by nature; and (2) everyone else.    This post is for that second group.   Continue reading

TEAM APRIL

2013 was a banner year for challenges.  There were losses:  first, in February, the unexpected death of the husband of one of my best friends; and second, in July, the sudden and unexpected death of my own sister.

Of course, there were the additional challenges associated with these deaths – supporting my friend as she reeled from her loss and the stress resulting from my own family’s struggle with decisions regarding the withdrawal of life support measures after my sister’s catastrophic injury.  Continue reading

…from the comfort of your home

As a graduate student, the IU library is your best friend.  Did you know that you could download journal articles directly to your computer even when you are at home?  Here’s how you do it.  First, install the IU VPN on your computer.  Then use your search engine of choice (PubMed, Ovid, Google Scholar) to search for journal articles.  When you find an article you would like to download, click on the IU-Link and you’ll be prompted to save.  This will allow you to save it directly to your computer…in your pajamas…from your apartment.

There are many other reasons why libraries are great.  Katie Birkwood, a librarian at the Royal College of Physicians in London, gives a few of them in this talk from 2011.