Motivational Song Suggestions

This is a hard time of year for those of us waiting to hear back from PhD applications, and rejections can be disheartening (to say the least). I find it really helpful to listen to music that builds me up instead of encourages me to spiral into a pit of self-doubt. Here is my list, and please feel free to comment your own suggestions as I always need more music!

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Holding Yourself Accountable to Writing

Question: Hey fellow grad students, how do you do a thesis? Like, how do you hold yourself accountable for writing and reading and research, besides a disappointed look from your advisor once a week? I have trouble making myself sit down and work unless I’m panicked about the next thing that’s due, and this semester is very unstructured and I’m flailing. Please help?

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Filling in my bullet journal for next semester makes me feel productive.

Feel free to use my template, but please give me credit if you post online.

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Reframing Thoughts About the End of the Semester

The end of the semester is an incredibly busy, stressful time for students, researchers, and educators. If you’re a graduate student, you’re likely at least two of those things. This means that work is piling on, stress is compounding, and negative thoughts are running amok.

While reshaping these thoughts aren’t going to change the amount of work have to do, they can improve your attitude, up your productivity, and make this time of year suck just a little bit less.

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Week 1 of a New PhD Program, Or, Imposter Syndrome SUCKS

“There’s gonna come a time in your first semester where you feel like you don’t belong here. But remember that you’re here for a reason, and you’ll be fine.” This was the advice my new lab-mate told me when I begged her for her biggest piece of first year advice. And I’m so happy she told me this prior to classes starting. Continue reading “Week 1 of a New PhD Program, Or, Imposter Syndrome SUCKS”

My “You Are a Badass” Moment of the Day

Everyone in academia knows what imposter syndrome (IS) is–the fear that all of your peers are better than you and any moment someone will find out you aren’t as smart as you say you are.

Today I had this moment, as I do more often than I’d like to admit. Unlike most of my IS moments, however, today I had a rare moment of realization that left me feeling confident and inspired. Continue reading “My “You Are a Badass” Moment of the Day”