I can truthfully say I have NEVER pulled an ALLNIGHTER in all my undergraduate and graduate career. Want know how? Continue reading
After coursework…life changes. I wish someone would have told me how isolating research and writing can actually be. Continue reading
Once you get into graduate school and arrive on campus, you’ll probably take a little time to get settled into the town, your program, and your routine. After that though, what then? Well, fortunately there are number of great student organizations that you can choose to become a part of.
As a graduate student, you are automatically eligible to join the Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO), the official campus-wide student government body for graduate and professional students. There are also programs such as the Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity that work in a more focused manner to promote a more specific interest, such as diversity. Some of these organizations are specific to graduate students and gives you a chance to interact with people outside of your own department, which is always a great opportunity to broaden your horizons.
Each individual school and department is also likely to have its own student government organization, which is a great opportunity to get involved, get to know other students and faculty, and share your input on a variety of topics that are important to your experience while here at IU and for future students.
Beyond organizations such as these there are innumerable other clubs and organizations that encompass almost any interest. Many of these are open to both undergraduate and graduate students, so it’s a good opportunity to get to know more people beyond just graduate students.
When it comes down to it, getting involved is a great opportunity for you to balance your work and schooling with something that you’re passionate and interested in. You can also meet many great new people and develop personal and professional relationships that can last far beyond school. So go ahead and take a look to see what’s out there for you, who knows what doors will open when you get involved in a graduate student organization.
People tell you to save for grad school. But what does that money go towards? The most visible channels of your savings goes to tuition, fees, and living expenses. However, one of the most unexpected expenses I faced Continue reading
One word that describes my library experience at IU: INTERLIBRARY LOAN!
What is this mysterious word? One might hear it uttered by the librarians once in a while. But interlibrary loan (ILL) is a scholar’s and a casual reader’s best friend. So what the heck is interlibrary loan? Continue reading
The Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) is an organization dedicated to serving the entire graduate student population at Indiana University, Bloomington.
- Need money for a conference to present your amazing and original work?
With a core group of elected and appointed officers the organization works to provide financial support with research awards, travel grants, and even conference funding.
- Are you having issues with using your graduate student health insurance plan?
GPSO is first and foremost an advocate for graduate students, working on student health care, stipend reviews for current graduate students, and campus safety concerns to name a few.
- Where am I going to live? Is there childcare near IU? How do I set up my new IU email account?
While the officers and staff of GPSO cannot act as real estate agents or IT support , they can lead you in the right direction by putting you in touch with the correct individuals. There is also a great resources tab on their website.
- How will I meet other graduate students not in my school or department?
Community building is very important in graduate school. In addition to networking and building a new base of friends, its a great time to take a step away from reading, writing, and working. GPSO plans great social hours, professional development events, and family friendly events.
OKAY! OKAY! You caught me! I am a little biased about this organization. From 2011-2013 I was the elected President of GPSO. Either way I wholeheartedly believe in the work of GPSO. I urge incoming graduate students, as well as current student students to get involved and take advantage of the many opportunities offered through GPSO.
Let’s face it: the IU-Bloomington campus is huge. At almost 2,000 acres, it can be quite a challenge to navigate, even for those of us who have lived here for over a quarter of a century. To ease the load a little, here is a quick guide to navigating IU:
First, it’s OK to walk around with a campus map. Yes, people will probably laugh at you as they walk by, but they were in your shoes once too. I’ve lived in Bloomington my whole life and despite that I still get confused as to what the building codes mean. After 25 years, I still look at the map – it’s OK!
Second, explore the town! I know graduate school life is busy (especially your first semester), but take the time to get to know Bloomington – it’ll save you time in the future when you need something specific AND you can be the one to suggest that awesome burger joint or cocktail bar when your friends are looking for a cool place to hang out. Bloom Magazine is a great place to find information about local restaurants, shops, and more. Conveniently, it is free and can be found at many local establishments (I usually get mine from Bloomingfoods on Kirkwood).
Third, ASK! I personally love to share my own personal taste and insights about IU and Bloomington – whether it’s about a good place for lunch or where to find information about how to find classes. I can’t think of anyone whom I’ve asked for help who hasn’t been excited to share what they know. When it comes down to it, people love to help (especially Hoosiers!). So find someone who knows their way around the university and the town and let them be your guide and encyclopedia.
Finally, watch Breaking Away! I would venture to say, it’s an unspoken requirement for any IU alumni to have seen that movie. It will help you appreciate the university and the town, and see what the campus looked like over 30 years ago. The film is delightfully entertaining and full of little bits of wisdom, and I guarantee it’ll make you appreciate the pains of growing up.
Navigating IU may seem like a daunting challenge at first, but as you grow to know the campus, the people, and the town, it’ll gradually feel like home. Just keep seeking out new places, things, and people to explore and your appreciation of IU and Bloomington will deepen. The best advice I can give you about navigating IU is how former IU Professor Oliver Field often concluded his letters: “Onward!”
No matter how long you plan to be here, knowing everything that is available to you can only be beneficial to you in the long-run. Before I arrived, I asked (the same) recruiters who encouraged me to pick IUB what I should know when I arrive (i.e. such as places to buy cheap apartment stuff, suggestions for late night eateries, or where to go if I actually wanted to study). After I arrived Continue reading
Everyone knows the core principle of networking ☺ I think it basically means we make efforts to broaden our relations…Why? Coz relation is extremely important to our personal growth and professional development. There are different kinds of networking namely business networking, social networking… I want to mention about social networking under IU context. So how do we do networking? For me it starts with the courage to say “Hi”…
The hardest part to start a conversation with a stranger is to “break the ice” or “ice breaking”. This sounds very simple but it is not so easy. Why saying “hi” first? The “stranger” is certainly strange. He/she is so different from us…There might be no connection between us and “the stranger”…He/she might prefer to be alone…He/she might not be interested in talking to us …A bunch of “fair” reasons keep us silent and act as a stranger too. But…very often when I take the initiative to say “Hi” first, people open up immediately and we continue with very interesting conversations. These conversations provide me lots of good information about new school programs, community involvement activities, funding opportunities…I am here today to write this blog about networking thanks to a friend I met at the Graduate Lounge over lunch. That’s gives me the chance to meet with 11 awesome emissaries and we have so much fun working together…
We can say “Hi” creatively too. The most common I use are Heya, Halo and Hola. You could look up all kinds of foreign ways of saying hello and memorize them to impress your friends. I also see recommendations from another blogger who says if you’re going for humor, you can use famous lines from movies or characters. From Mickey Mouse Club, “Howdy, Howdy, Howdy” from Toy Story, and “Hiya Pal” from Mickey Mouse himself There are millions of ways to say Hi starting with the basic ‘hey’ and ‘what’s up’. What are your ways of greeting people? ☺
I also strongly recommend joining the activities of students’ associations at IU if you want to broaden your network. Do you know that IU has more than 750 student organizations all founded and led by students? Those organizations gather regularly to explore professional interests, hobbies, sports and recreation, academics, religion, politics… In Vietnam we have a saying “you are rich because you have friends” and I hope you are always very rich ☺
A large research higher education institution as IU can be daunting as there are so many options. Everyone has a specific specialty and academic niche. There are a myriad of academic disciplines that students can choose from, and there are hundreds of academic research centers to wade your interests through. Although it can be overwhelming to some, it is a paradise to others who enjoy collaborating across disciplines.
I am studying higher education policy at IU; however, I am also a trained secondary education teacher and a lawyer. From my old days as a lawyer, I still currently serve as Director of Disaster Legal Services, which is a partnership program between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). DLS provides pro bono legal services to disaster survivors after a natural disaster strikes the United States.
After meeting Mike H., a fellow IU Emissary for Graduate Student Diversity, we talked about the things we were involved in. Mike mentioned that he used to work for FEMA and was intrigued with my work through the ABA and FEMA. After several discussions, we figured that we could collaborate with each other to find better ways our services could be delivered to disaster survivors.
Mike H., is studying for his master degree in Human-Computer Interface Design at the IU School of Informatics and Computing. Through my work and connections with FEMA, I was able to invite Mike out to Washington D.C. for our quarterly meeting with FEMA and his capstone project to design a mobile application to better deliver disaster legal services was approved.
This government/non-profit – academic partnership is possible because of the collaborative nature at IU. Because of the varied disciplines and opportunities, Mike H.’s past experience with FEMA and his interest to build this mobile app for us as his capstone project will allow us to better serve disaster survivors.
Come and find out more about IU’s collaborative nature among students, faculty, and the community!