Spring Into Action: How to Finish the Semester Strong!

Excluding this one, there are six weeks left until Warner graduation (eek!), and for those of us wrapping up our master’s or doctoral degrees, we’re in the homestretch! My schedule is still as busy as ever, but I, along with the rest of my “fauxhort” classmates, are determined to finish up our semester with vigorous enthusiasm. If you’re feeling or fearing a dip in energy, here are some tips to amp it up as the spring of 2017 comes to a close!

  1. When in doubt, write it down… a lot. Lists have been my lifesavers while completing my degree. I keep a planner, notebook, post-its, and a calendar with me almost all of the time, ready to write down any reminders I need in multiple places. Setting reminders on my phone is helpful, of course, but there is something about seeing everything laid out for the upcoming weeks that makes my academic, professional, and personal lives much easier to navigate. I also recommend color-coding: my Warner duties have been highlighted in pink since I started here, and I intend to keep it that way!
  2. Keep in touch with your advisor(s). My advisor lives a double life as my thesis seminar instructor, so connecting with him is fairly easy. Outside of academia, however, it is important to go to your advisor with professional questions as well. For instance, my advisor helped me come to the conclusion that I would be a national candidate for full-time post-grad positions rather than a local one, and we also discussed a timeline for the pursuit of my doctorate. Connecting with a seasoned professional in your field of study is key for networking and your own development!
  3. As cliche as it may sound, practice self-care! As someone who works and wants to continue working in residence life, I know first-hand how being on duty 24/7 can be incredibly taxing! It’s important for higher education students and professionals to plan for some spontaneity; that might sound like a contradiction, but knowing you have the space to be a little flexible and take time for yourself will allow you to be more wholly productive. I know that after I’ve started my day with a thirty-minute run and some mediation, for example, I get more work done on my thesis and at my assistantships with the energy I’ve garnered from taking care of my health. With that being said, there are multiple ways to practice self-care: individual preferences should never be discouraged!
  4. Attend on-campus events that may challenge you. The University of Rochester as a whole has several foci when it comes to events: whether you’re looking to talk politics, learn about diversity and equity, or network with professionals from departments that are different from your own, check out the UR calendar to see what’s available (and often free of charge)!
  5. Utilize the services Warner provides. Warner Student Services is consistent in their emails advertising different symposiums, research opportunities, lunch talks, and more. The Writing Support Services team works directly with current students to improve their academic writing, and the Quantitative Consulting Services staff play an integral role in data analysis. Take your academic work to the next level with all that Warner provides!

It’s back to the grind for me, but I hope a few of these tidbits come in handy as we take on the final weeks of the semester! As always, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to email me at warnergrad@gmail.com. Meliora! 

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