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Balancing Graduate School Demands
Transcript of Balancing Graduate School Demands
2014 TA/RA Conference
Balancing Graduate School Demands
Alan-Michael Weatherford | Comparative Literature | firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Be conscious of
expectations vs. those of
a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.
2. You cannot do it all, and no one expects you to.
1. The work intensity will affect your
anxiety due to ideas, due dates, expectations etc.
behavior: doing the opposite of
one's pervasive mood.
4. Develop and practice
(i.e. find an activity
that keeps you sane.)
(e.g. Cooking, yoga, cat videos, friends outside
the program etc.)
(i.e. establish small, manageable
your work and then organize it.
4. Treat e-mail like a
(i.e. Check it at designated times --
NOT before you begin your research/work).
3. Set time/mood
(i.e. Only write for an hour; cat videos = 15 mins).
5. Practice knowing
3. Establishing a
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."
Resources on Campus and Beyond
provides each discipline with its own specialized librarian who can help make your research as efficient as possible. See:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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
, Volume IV, Part iv, Chapter 6:
(Nick Repak, Grad Resources):
“Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Juggling Teaching and Research"
(TA Talk Newsletter, Stanford University):
For your rest and well-being:
Waterfront Activities Center (WAC)
rents rowboats by the hour. You can also take kayaking or sailing lessons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parks, pools, bike paths, beaches and lakes
For walking, biking, skating, the
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
(a.k.a. P-Patches) provide convenient small plots to plant a garden. This site has a map of
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:
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.