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Routines: How many of us have them?

January 15, 2018

As a student preparing for your comprehensive or qualifying exams, consider routines to be a must. I know they don’t sound terribly exciting or sexy, but they’re an important component of any effective exam prep strategy. Without a routine or schedule you’re left to improvise your day as it happens. This is a bad idea because you can inadvertently waste a lot of time trying to decide what you should be doing instead of just “doing.”  Continue Reading

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Studying for Qualifying Exams – My Experience

January 8, 2018

It was May 2016 and I had just wrapped up the second year of my PhD program. I met up with a group of friends to commemorate the occasion with a late Sunday morning brunch. We used that time to release the stresses of a particularly challenging semester. One of the ladies would be graduating so we celebrated with her while laughing and talking for hours. On the drive back home I blasted some music thinking about how I would use some new spices I just bought. Summer was in full swing.

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Post-PhD Graduation: Job & Life Update

July 24, 2017

Hey Guys!

How was your weekend? Fabulous I hope. It had to be better than mine which involved cleaning the oven, decluttering my closet, throwing away old class notes, and multiple paper cuts. Ouch.

On the bright side my space feels so much lighter. To bad I only get to enjoy it for a week since I’ll be moving out of my apartment next Tuesday.

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Defended!

April 3, 2017

Happy Monday Guys!It’s not even a full 2 days into this week and it’s already one for the books. One because Chapel Hill is in the NCAA championship, and two because I defended my dissertation today! Yep!  My head is still spinning.  Continue Reading

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Beyond the Dissertation

March 13, 2017

Happy Monday Guys!

It snowed this weekend. What?! The time for snow was back in January/February. Not mid-March when we’re right on the heels of spring.This week is a check in. I’ve been working on my dissertation for pretty much every waking hour of the day (which Daylight Savings so inconsiderately stole one of). Things have been crazy busy but I’m making good progress on my dissertation. And thankfully so too, because my defense date is fast approaching. I can’t believe how quickly everything is happening.

To occasionally switch up my scenery (and try out new restaurants), I’d been going to a different cafe once a week to do some work. 

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Learn to Say “No” in Grad School: Setting Boundaries with Your Time

February 20, 2017

Happy Monday Guys!

How was your weekend?

Mine wasn’t too shabby. The weather was beautiful so I treated myself to a ‘Love It’ sized cup of Coldstone’s ‘That’s How I Roll’ while sitting outside and working on my dissertation. I hadn’t been to one since college and I forgot how much I love their ice cream.  I was able to get my sweet tooth satisfied (if only temporarily, because it’s never truly satisfied) and get some work done. Win, win.

Now onto today’s post. I’m excited to get into this one because it’s such an important topic for anyone who’s a) currently in grad school, b) getting ready to start grad school, or c) seriously considering grad school.

Today I’m talking about how to set boundaries with your time as a grad student. Oh yeah, I can already hear the sighs.

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Commit to Something and Make it Great

October 4, 2016

Hi Guys! Happy Monday:) I know we’re only three short days into October, but so far the weather has been amazing. Can it be like this year round?? If you’re following me on IG (if you’re not, what are you waiting for?!), then you know that last week’s meeting with my advisor went well. While there were plenty of revisions to make to my proposal, it was nothing major and he reassured me that I’m on track. WHEW. When I tell you I breathed the biggest sigh of relief after our meeting, I mean it.Forever 21 Chambray Dress Forever 21 Chambray Dress A part of the reason I was so stressed out was because I had convinced myself that the idea I had for my dissertation research wasn’t going to work. As a result, I spent a lot of time going down what turned out to be dead end research paths when I could have devoted more time continuing down the path I was already on, and thinking through ways to make my idea work.Forever 21 Chambray DressI needed to commit. It was honestly as simple as that. Once I decided that I was going to bulldoze down this path if necessary, I was able to think through things that I saw as issues before. I was able to strengthen the justification and theoretical foundation for my research. It was kind of remarkable how the anxiety disappeared as a result.Forever 21 Chambray DressDress & Shoes: Forever 21, Bracelet: TJ Maxx, Clutch: TargetForever 21 Chambray DressNeedless to say, I’ve learned a big life lesson in the midst of all of this. Sometimes I can be just a smidge indecisive, but indecision can be paralyzing. You fear taking a misstep so you ultimately end up taking none. There will always be other choices we can make, other leads we can follow, and other ideas to pursue. There’s something empowering though about committing to something, and adopting the mindset that whatever challenges arise you will work around them. Keep that in mind as you go about the rest of your week.Forever 21 Chambray DressCommit to something and make it great!