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Putting down my books on a weeknight can be difficult and turning off my laptop on the weekend can be even harder. Breaks are necessary for a graduate student in coursework, studying for qualitative exams, writing proposals, and dissertating. I wrote a previous blog about the Musical Arts Center and the performances featured there, which are usually student centered including ballets, operas, and orchestral concerts.
It wasn’t until 2013 that I discovered exactly how amazing the IU Auditorium is. Working as a Co-Chair of the Committee for Fee Review (a committee of students across IU Bloomington campus that reviews the fee allocation for all student groups and auxiliary units on campus) I met Doug Booher, the Director of the Auditorium and learned some very important things about this institution on campus. It is an award winning and nationally recognized university auditorium, as well as being a top student employer on campus.
The yearly calendar of events and performances is impressive to say the least and student pricing is pretty great too. I’ve seen Bill Maher‘s stand up and most recently the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform at the IU Auditorium. There are even season ticket options to make sure you take those necessary breaks and enjoy a play, musical, dance concert, or public lecture!!
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.
As a doctoral student AND someone who struggles with maintaining a fitness routine, one of the things that I love about IU is the IU Recreational Sports programs. Continue reading
I think one of my favorite things about IU is the sheer amount of activities to do in Bloomington! I have a lot of interests, and I have a pretty adventurous spirit. I like to try new things, and Bloomington has a lot of great opportunities to explore. Even better, student discounts and free events are the best! I just recently went to an Itzhak Perlman (check him out playing Schindler’s List theme) for $20 on a student discount. Just on one campus, you can experience D1 sports teams, world-renowned musical performances, art exhibits, cultural festivals, indie bands, and much more. When I need a break from academics, I can pick and choose what types of events I can spend an evening with.
Some great links that I check out from time to time:
The IUB events calendar: http://events.iu.edu/iub.html
Athletics Calendar: http://www.iuhoosiers.com/calendar/events/Musical Performances: http://music.indiana.edu/events/
Bloomington Community Events: http://calendar.bloomingtonscene.com/
I am currently dissertating. It is a liberating AND frightening experience. Liberating because I control my scheduled (for the most part). Frightening because there is no schedule. Sigh! Continue reading
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
Kayaking through the mangroves in Florida. Photo taken by Stephanie N.
Spring Break is coming, and people are heading to the typical warm, tropical places for their escape from the cold. Instead of heading to Florida, Continue reading
I can truthfully say I have NEVER pulled an ALLNIGHTER in all my undergraduate and graduate career. Want know how? Continue reading
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After coursework…life changes. I wish someone would have told me how isolating research and writing can actually be. Continue reading
Finding time for your research around your class, teaching, and work schedules may seem daunting by itself – but what about fitting your schooling and research into your long term plan, applying for jobs, figuring out a place to live, and finally starting your career? It can all be overwhelming – but like a puzzle, once you find the corners, build the edges, and sort the pieces, everything starts to fall into place and the middle begins to fill in.
Sometimes getting through school, job applications, moving, etc. can feel like one big puzzle. Photo by Ren-Jay S.
So don’t despair – there is hope! No matter how despondent you may feel at times, hold the line and keep plugging along, because you will piece your puzzle together and reach your goals. Continue reading