Congratulations to those graduating and welcome new students!
It is so exciting that the semester is pretty much over as the delights of summer await us. As we all get ready to wrap up this semester, I would like to offer a few tips.
1) If you are getting ready to move out from campus, move-in, or whether you are just prepared to get rid of things you haven’t used in a while, check out IU classifieds and/or Facebook Marketplace. Now is a great time to buy/sell items. You can find GREAT deals on IU classifieds, more so on IU classifieds than on Facebook Marketplace. As a graduate student living on a small stipend, I was able to furnish my entire apartment with things that I acquired from the IU classifieds. I also made some extra money by selling things that I no longer needed like books, electronics, bike, etc. Several students, particularly international students, are returning to their home country or moving to other states and are desperate to sell their things. For example, yesterday I got a smart TV in excellent condition four times cheaper than its actual cost. Now, if you have the time and the motivation, you could even make this a side business, profiting as you buy and resell things.
To go to IU classifieds go to your one.iu.edu and search for “Buy/Sell/Trade IU Classifieds.”
2) If you filled for a tax extension, perhaps now is the time to do it—check it out this link for free tax assistance provided by The Free Community Tax Service. This service is only available for residents who made less than $54,000 in 2018.
3) Prioritize self-care: If you put up some extra pounds this semester because you were too busy to cook healthy food, were stressed, and did not have time to exercise check out this link for one free consultation with a registered dietitian at the IU Health Center:
Here are some of the services that they provide:
– Diet assessment to ensure that you are getting the necessary nutrients.
– If you are vegetarian or vegan, they can also help you with a diet assessment.
– They can guide you through weight loss, gain, or maintenance.
– Counseling and support for eating disorders.
4) Finally, maximize your summer: Why not plan for your summer so you can make the most of it? Before summer arrives, try to plan on what you need to do before the next academic year begins. Whether you need to get ahead with coursework, work on your dissertation, broaden your teaching experience, take the time to go over your plans while prioritizing self-care (including lots of rest, Netflix, and fun activities…but in a healthy dose).
Cheers, my friends, for a fantastic summer!