It was like a scene out of The Matrix…if Neo was close to running late to class and needing to find a printer. It was my turn to lead the class discussion and the rule of thumb was to print discussion questions so our classmates could take notes. Continue reading
Coming from the big city of Los Angeles, it was hard to feel that I really was a part of the community. With Bloomington, both the university and the city felt like just one community, and I really felt a need to give back while I was a graduate student even if this time in grad school was just me passing through for a short time. Fortunately, it was really easy here in this particular city. Many do not know that Bloomington, Indiana, was the first city after New York City to have a municipal department dedicated to community service called the Volunteer Network.
- A view of Oliver Winery’s backyard pond, which is a great picnic spot! Photo courtesy of www.tripadvisor.com
Yes. You read that right. Indiana has a wine trail. Indiana produces Continue reading
I just recently retired my 6 year-old Apple Macbook (RIP buddy) and traded it in for a new Macbook Air. Since the beginning of tech time, there has been an eternal tech war about Macs vs. PCs. I had that battle myself Continue reading
As a graduate student at IU you have access to a wide variety of technology options to assist in making your experience as a student a more efficient one. IU does a fantastic job of making access to expensive software and printing options as cheap (if not free) and accessible as possible. For that I am VERY grateful.
Free Software. There are two options for accessing free software at IU: 1) software to download to your personal computer/device (“IUware”); 2) software to access remotely and stream for single-use or short-term basis (“IUanywhere”). Both options are extremely helpful as a student. I have used both and have saved over a thousand dollars…easy. First, I have downloaded an Adobe Suite of programs to my PC. This is huge! Next, I have used IUanywhere to stream SPSS–a statistical program that is absolutely essential as a doctoral student. Without question, the inventory of free software programs available to graduate students is the most important heads-up I can share. Take advantage of it. You really won’t need to purchase a program while you are here. Over a thousand dollars saved…easy.
Printing. As a graduate student at IU the mandatory “technology fees” account for 1000 pages of printing. This means that whether you like it or not you have 1000 pages of printing to your name. Again, this is a very helpful feature to be aware of and take advantage of. USE IT!
Email. As a student you will obviously have your IU account. I would suggest incorporating your IU email account into your MS Outlook or iMail account….it makes everything so easy and simple.
For Help. You can access the University’s Technology Services division UITS which is designed to answer specific questions. This is a very helpful service to get anything technology-related resolved or answered.
Life as a graduate student is full of challenges, especially those of the financial nature.
Of course, none of us enter graduate school thinking that we are going to get rich (LOL). Continue reading
Your first month at IU will come and go before you realize what happened. The most important thing is to not get left behind!
First, make sure all of your schooling questions are answered as soon as they arise. It is not wise to assume anything as a new graduate student. Your colleagues, the department secretary, and your adviser are all in positions to help. Personally, I have found great wisdom to be gained by peers who are a year or two older in the program. A fellow student who is slightly more experienced that you can trust is an invaluable ally and source of information and mentoring. Ask questions! Your first month at IU will be a much happier experience if you ask questions at every turn.
Second, explore! Check out a football game which is $5 for students. Or, check out a performance from the music or drama schools. The Lotus festival is another event to attend. Brown County State Park looks beautiful in the Fall. Lake Monroe is always close by. McCormick’s Creek is another state park to hike…if you do be sure to bring a camera! There really are plenty of options.
Last, and probably most important, do things with your new friends. While you may feel like the only “new” person…the truth is you are not. GO out of your way to introduce yourself. I did this and found that many others felt similar to me that first month at IU. Invite them to join you. Invite them to your house. The best thing you can do the first month to ensure you are accomplishing what you need to is to make friends with as many of your peers as possible and socialize with them — then, through simple conversation you can resolve a whole host of issues and answer a myriad of questions that you will certainly have in a new environment. The best thing you can do is to enjoy the first month!
For me, juggling coursework, research, a teaching assistantship, and any hobbies I might have is quite a challenge. The one thing that always seems to slip through the cracks is cooking.
I don’t enjoy it*. Continue reading
During your first couple months in Bloomington, and at IU, you will undoubtedly be bombarded with announcements about organizations to join, events to attend, places to volunteer…the list goes on and on. Even though it may be tempting to write off these options, I encourage you to say yes! Continue reading
Let’s get real: Graduate school can get VERY stressful! In order to relax your brain (and keep your sanity) sometimes you have to take a break! Even one step further than that, schedule a break for yourself just like you would for a meeting with you advisor!
Here is a list of things that I schedule for myself throughout the semester, and sometimes once a week!
1.) A day where I don’t do any work after 12:30 p.m. : My “day to myself” is what I call “Thursday Funday” and I take night to hang with my classmates at a bar and eat lunch with friends
2.) A day for an hour long massage: This is a good way to release some tension!
3.) A couple of hours wine tasting: Here in Bloomigton, IN Oliver Winery does $5 wine tastings on Saturdays!
4.) Buy something just for fun: Somedays I just go buy something for myself without necessity. Splurge a little!
5.) Deep clean your house: In order to have clarity, you must clean. A cluttered house means a cluttered mind!
If you remember to schedule times for a breather, you too will survive grad school!