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Balancing Graduate School Demands

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Center for Teaching and Learning
2014 TA/RA Conference
Balancing Graduate School Demands
Alan-Michael Weatherford | Comparative Literature | amgw@uw.edu
Mood
Expectations
1. Be conscious of
your
expectations vs. those of
others
.

Imposter syndrome
Researcher
Teacher
Student
Parent
Child
Friend
Student
Musician
Athlete
Pet-owner
Partner
Other

a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor_syndrome
2. You cannot do it all, and no one expects you to.

1. The work intensity will affect your
mental health
.
2.
Anticipate
anxiety due to ideas, due dates, expectations etc.
3. Practice
mood-independent
behavior: doing the opposite of
one's pervasive mood.
4. Develop and practice
self-care
(i.e. find an activity
that keeps you sane.)
(e.g. Cooking, yoga, cat videos, friends outside
the program etc.)
Time Management
2.
Scaffold
your work
(i.e. establish small, manageable
goals).
1.
Prioritize
your work and then organize it.
4. Treat e-mail like a
job

(i.e. Check it at designated times --
NOT before you begin your research/work).
3. Set time/mood
limits
.
(i.e. Only write for an hour; cat videos = 15 mins).
5. Practice knowing
when to
close-read
vs.
skim
.
Self-Awareness:
3. Establishing a
healthy balance
is key to succeeding.

Have a skeleton,
but anticipate things to contract, extend and/or move.
"[...] having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions.

Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment."
from: http://www.pathwaytohappiness.com/self-awareness.htm
Resources on Campus and Beyond
:

The
UW Libraries
provides each discipline with its own specialized librarian who can help make your research as efficient as possible. See:
http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/

Departments
often have samples of MA theses, dissertation proposals and dissertations written by graduate students in the department. These are helpful to look over to get an idea of what is expected by the department.

Departments
publish important deadlines and expectations in graduate student manuals and usually on the department website. Being aware of important requirements and deadlines can prevent stressful events.

Curzan, A., & Damour, L. (2000).
First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching
. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Hansen, C. K.

(June 2008).
Taking control of your time–a guide to effective time management
. Academic Leader, 24(6), 1-6.
For your teaching:

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
consultants are available for questions related to teaching, learning, and assessment. Consultations are discipline-specific, confidential, and free to UW TAs:
http://www.washington.edu/teaching/

Catalyst
has tools, resources, and support to help you teach with new technologies. They offer free workshops as well as on-line tutorials on teaching technologies:
http://www.washington.edu/lst/web_tools

Classroom Support Services (CSS)
in Kane Hall offer technical support, equipment loans, an extensive educational media collection, and training free of charge.

For questions about the policy governing graduate student appointments take a look at the
University Handbook
, Volume IV, Part iv, Chapter 6:
http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/administeringassistantships.shtml

“Time Management”
(Nick Repak, Grad Resources):
http://www.gradresources.org/articles/time_management.shtml

“Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Juggling Teaching and Research"
(TA Talk Newsletter, Stanford University):
www.stanford.edu/dept/CTL/Newsletter/rock_and_hardplace.pdf
For your rest and well-being:

Waterfront Activities Center (WAC)
rents rowboats by the hour. You can also take kayaking or sailing lessons.
http://depts.washington.edu/ima/IMA_wac.php

The
Intramural Activities Building (IMA)
, offers yoga, martial arts, dance, archery, badminton, basketball, conditioning, various ball courts, a sauna, a swimming pool, volleyball, a fitness center with weight machines, outdoor sports fields and softball, flag football, soccer, rugby, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, etc.
http://depts.washington.edu/ima/IMA_ima.php

The
Henry Art Gallery
is a great place on campus to see free art (free with student ID), read in the café, or meditate in the James Turrell Skyspace.
http://www.henryart.org/

The
UW planetarium
has high power telescopes that are available for student group visits for free. You can tag along with another group or plan ahead to go gaze at the stars with some colleagues.
http://www.astro.washington.edu/groups/outreach/planetarium/

The
Burke Museum
has exhibits about the Pacific Northwest culture and nature. The museum café is known for its
warm atmosphere and makes a perfect place to relax, study, or socialize.
http://www.burkemuseum.org/

The
Nanny Share Program
is an, informal network of University families who would like to hire and/or share a
nanny with another University family. You can access the database with a secure net id or student id number.
http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/benefits/index.html

Parks, pools, bike paths, beaches and lakes
in Seattle:
http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/

For walking, biking, skating, the
Burke-Gilman trail
runs along the campus periphery all the way from Freemont to
Kenmore. The City of Seattle also provides general bike maps that are useful for figuring out a safe bike route to
the UW.
http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/burkegilmantrailmaps.htm

Community gardens
(a.k.a. P-Patches) provide convenient small plots to plant a garden. This site has a map of
Seattle P-Patches:
http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/neighborhoods/ppatch/locations.htm

Seattle has
farmers’ markets
that sell local, fresh produce most days of the week. During the busy academic year,
you can save time and eat well by joining a Community Sustainable Agriculture and receive fresh produce delivered
to your doorstep weekly. Information on markets and CSAs:
http://www.pugetsoundfresh.org/

Hall Health Clinic
(206) 543-5030 provides counseling services with subsidized rates for currently enrolled students.
Affordable couple’s counseling is available at the Counseling Center in Schmitz Hall.
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