Grad School is Hard • So why are you here? • How can you make the most of your experience- not just academically but personally and professionally as well? • BALANCE
How to Prioritize • Have a calendar that you check regularly • Plan ahead, weekly, monthly, daily goals • Be disciplined yet flexible
As you begin reading • Have everything you need to take notes, track quotes you might want to use later etc. • Academic reading ≠ reading a novel
Be realistic with your time • Be honest: It always takes longer than you think it will • Trump card--> Your sanity
An excellent strategy • For the long run • Keep short summaries of books, articles, theorists or concepts from each course • Think Orals! Quals! Wanting to actually remember what you learned here...
WIPE OUT! • What if you feel too burned out to keep going?
Stress Management (aka. sharpening the saw) • Exercise • Meditation • Social support/study groups • Whatever makes you happy & healthy