My Favorite Work Spaces

As a grad student, it is crucial to have a few go-to spots where I know I can automatically get into a productive frame of mind. I call upon each of them for different reasons and at different times. Here are a few of the beautiful places that help me get my work accomplished every day:

The library

A sunny corner of my university library

A sunny corner of my university library

Soo original, I know. But my university just completed construction on a gorgeous new library, so I take advantage of it at every possible opportunity. The best part: there are private (sound-proof!) study rooms that you can reserve for a study date with friends. With whiteboard walls, people! Walls you can WRITE ON! Enough said.

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5 Apps for Grad Students

I never used to be a smart phone person. I must’ve been one of the last people in the U.S. to get an iPhone. But now that I have finally caught up with the rest of the world, I’ve come to embrace the advantages that technology has to offer, especially as I try to make it through grad school. In particular, mobile apps have the potential to keep me organized, productive, accountable, and healthy.

Here are the top 5 apps that get me through my grad student day:

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Building a Better CV

Let’s talk about CVs. Two little letters, but they are hugely important. I don’t know about you, but I’m always trying to build a better curriculum vitae. I don’t just mean through participating in┬áprofessional development activities, although that’s certainly true.

Instead, I mean agonizing over the most minute details of formatting and layout. I’m constantly trying to assess the most current, “correct” conventions of the genre (specific to my discipline) to make sure I meet that standard. However, while there are definitely some obligatory genre conventions, I’m learning that maybe there is more flexibility in terms of formatting than I had previously thought. So lately I’ve been trying to structure my CV so that it reads not only as correct, but maybe also a smidge personal to me.

Here are a few of the many, MANY permutations my CV has been subject to over the past few years.

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