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How to Cope When Work Follows You Home

[Image via Flickr user ishane and used under a creative commons license]
[Image via Flickr user ishane and used under a creative commons license]
This article originally appeared on Gradhacker.org on February 22nd, 2013.

Anyone who had pursued a graduate level education knows that there is a great deal of work involved. At times, this workload can become overwhelming for any student once it follows you home and won’t leave.

However, it is times like this that we have to think back to the iconic line from The Shining: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Imagine him locked in that hotel with a thesis document or comprehensive exam to finish and suddenly Jack sounds like a burnt-out grad student.

Don’t let this happen to you! Continue reading How to Cope When Work Follows You Home

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Rock Your Recruitment

It’s that time of year again!

Some of you reading this article are about to start your first round of graduate school interviews this spring. Many of these interviews will take place during what is known as recruitment weekend. However, this is a much different process than your standard job interview and you should be aware that there are some key differences between the two. While much of this advice comes from my own experience in the sciences and will vary according to your program, there are some basic themes to be aware of. Continue reading Rock Your Recruitment

Picking a Good Mentor

Mentoring a Demography trainee
Mentoring a Demography trainee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the most important aspects of graduate school is choosing a good mentor. Who you choose can dramatically impact your experience in both graduate school and your ensuing hunt for employment or postdoctoral positions. How do students new to a department find those faculty members who will be good mentors? What makes a good mentor in the first place? These are important questions to have in mind before choosing laboratories for research rotations and your eventual thesis. Continue reading Picking a Good Mentor