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.

Why IU?

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Image courtesy of ampathkenya.org

AMPATH is one of the main reasons that I chose a doctoral program in Epidemiology at IU.  AMPATH, the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare, was established in 2001 as a partnership between Indiana University School of Medicine, Moi University School of Medicine, and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH). Continue reading

It’s okay to wait…

Don’t apply to grad school because you don’t think you can find a job.

I worked for a while before pursuing my PhD and my experiences working in public health helped me figure out what I wanted to actually do for a living.  When I realized that I wanted to pursue a doctoral degree, I was able to articulate what I wanted out of the experience and to look for a program that provided that.  Being an older student definitely has its pros and cons. ;)

Rob N. Candler highlights some of the issues you might want to consider when pondering the grad school question:  http://me.stanford.edu/documents/ME_SSO/Advice_Paper_web.pdf

Joshua Rothman also discusses the “Impossible Decision”:  http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/04/graduate-school-advice-impossible-decision.html

Good luck with your decision!

My President Looks Like Me

Post-Election Day, My President still Looks Like Me.

Exciting collaboration between the Black Graduate Student Association, Black Culture Center, and the undergraduate chapters of the IUB National Pan-Hellenic Council for President Barack Hussein Obama’s re-election watch party.

After the re-election for Mr. President was confirmed, everyone took celebration pictures because for another 4 years, the president looked like us.

Meet the 2011-12 Emissaries!

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Meet the 2011-12 Emissaries. These students are from different backgrounds, different departments, and different stages of their degree programs, but they all share the experience of being a graduate student. Ask them what it's like, ask them how they got here, ask them how they came to be a student at Indiana University.