For those of us graduate students who aren’t in relationships, are on a budget, and looking for some tasty treats, the day after Valentine’s Day can be the best day of the year! Why you ask? Valentine’s Day candy is ON SALE! Yummy chocolates that were once $5 are now anywhere from $1 to $2. I am on a mission to make February 15th a new holiday called “Treat Yourself” (taken from my favorite show Parks and Recreation). Take time for the real “Reason for the Season” of love…love on yourself and buy yourself some discounted candy!
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With Winter in full swing, it’s just about time to start bemoaning the lack of having a significant other. Because I’m on that list, I’d rather curb this discussion to talk about relationships in a different light, particularly with one’s family, during the process of seeking a degree.
I am very close to my family. We have a strong bond centered around a love of
food each other, support, and trust. That being said, when it’s holiday time, or time to go visit home, it can get a bit tense, especially when trying to go home and instill upon your family all that enlightenment that has come from higher education.
My sister and I lovingly call out “Okay, Denise,” in reference to the lovable, yet severely out of tune Denise Huxtable from the Cosby Show,whenever we start going off on tangents about how society needs to change, and that our parents need to get with the program of all the new progressive things we have learned while away. It is difficult to remember sometimes that your family is not the same as your cohort, and they aren’t in your same social sphere. While it can feel like everyone around you is learning the same things you are, it is important to remember that graduate school exists in a bubble.
I had become…a Denise with a Master’s degree…
So…I am writing my dissertation. Panels 1- 3 and represent my current situation.
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That’s right, its flu season. In addition to bundling up to brave freezing cold temperatures, occasional snow showers, and thick patches of ice on your way to class and work, now you’ve got to worry about the dreaded flu. Not to fret, the IU Health Center wants students to be proactive and prepare for the flu season (which, by the way can last until April!) by getting a flu shot.
Flu season or not, the IU Health Center is a great resource for graduate students, especially Student Academic Appointees utilizing the mandatory health insurance plan. There are registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, phlebotomists, and even massage therapists on staff to provide a range of services to students. There is also a pharmacy right inside. Also, remember that more than likely at any institution you attend for graduate studies, the student fees you pay are helping to fund health centers.
…stay safe and stay smart! A strong and healthy immune system is the only way those chapters will get written, presentations get finished, and papers get graded.
As a disclaimer, this post has nothing to do with the book.
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I am a Kansas City native (from the better, more functional Missouri side, not the dark, desolate Kansas side), and I used to be a fair weather fan; I didn’t want to be there when I was in high school, but when I went off to college and then graduate school, I missed it terribly. What can be said…often times, the adult longs for the crib as it were; recalling a place where life was all about coloring, watching Disney movies (without analyzing it down to the pixels), and eating cereal, laden with refined sugar.
I almost didn’t trust myself on this topic, due to the extreme bias it permits me to take, without really having to provide any empirical evidence, or legitimate scholarly insight. However, I will attempt to make this post somewhat informative, in that it will hopefully assist as a guide for how to get through the “This city is (insert colorful adjective, noun, or noun phrase here)” inner dialogue, that will without question, plague your mind at least twice a week.
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January is not only the start of a new semester, but it also the start of the winter season. Bloomington isn’t famous for huge amounts of snow, but we do get at least 1-2 inches once in a while. Bloomington does experience low temperatures (around 20-30 degrees) as well as ice and wind. So bundling up is still necessary. Here are a few tips I learned while living in the Midwest to make my walk around the Bloomington campus more enjoyable: Continue reading
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Every graduate student needs a place to recharge, gather their materials and track the moves of the ever elusive degree. Luckily, IU has just the spot.
Keeping up with your family and friends is important. Having a Skype date once a week can help you survive grad school and remain connected with loved ones. Photo courtesy of www.http://laptop-computer-planet.com
One of the best tips I have received about grad school is to remain connected to your loved ones. It is certainly very difficult when you are juggling your other responsibilities, but making time to talk, Skype or write an email to friends and family will help you improve your mental health.
I made a terrible mistake during my first year Continue reading
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.
My hometown Indianapolis, IN (also known as Naptown or Indy) is relatively one hour north of Bloomington, Indiana (also known as B-Town). There are just a few similarities between Indianapolis and Bloomington that made the move to Bloomington a lot easier. Continue reading