After Spring break, most students regardless of classification are looking to prepare themselves to end the semester strong. The important thing to consider after spring break in particular, however, is how you will continue your matriculation progress through the summer. While most students may choose to focus on day of, or week of assignments, graduate students should be planning ahead with research and writing plans during and post-semester. I’ve come to realize that pacing yourself as a graduate student with rotating weekly obligations is a near superpower, once you get the hang of it.
Research and writing planning during the late spring can certainly provide a boost for graduate students to apply for grants, conferences, and other fellowship opportunities in the future. As you consider what “springing into action” means for you specifically, I would propose the following questions to determine which action should be taken to ensure optimal success for you as a prospective or current graduate student:
- What stage are you in currently in pursuit of your graduate degree? (classification, program requirements, research interests)
- Where are your research archives? (databases, libraries, locations outside of the university)
- Is there a conference, fellowship, grant, that you need to write for? (deadlines, recommendations, format)
- How can you get ahead with writing for the next term over the summer? (May/June/July)