So the semester is over… now what?

One of the common misconceptions of graduate school is that it is constant rigor.  At times, graduate school is indeed an unforgiving beast.  Be sure to take advantage of breaks that are naturally built into the schedule.

After a time of rest, ease yourself back into the workload.  Like any skill set, it is best not to let yourself get completely out of the “groove.”  Try reading those books that you wanted to get to, but couldn’t during the semester.  Make a point to journal about the semester’s experience.  Honestly, journaling takes less time that you might think and can be an extremely worthwhile enterprise (for both students and instructors).  Also, in a similar vein, make a point to have lunch or coffee with a mentor and a peer.  I recommend both of these, the former for guidance and the latter for commiseration, as a way to acknowledge where you are and where you intend to go.

Some readers are, perhaps, seasoned graduate school veterans or even established faculty members who disagree with this advice.  If that’s the case, please feel free to chime in with other ideas for what to do over “breaks.”  In the profession of the mind we never really “stop,” but there are definite times of less intensity.  Feel free to comment on the blog, or send an email to grjones83@gmail.com if you’d like to offer other suggestions for break.

 

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One Comment on “So the semester is over… now what?”

  1. LKH Says:

    OK I will journal… I’m so lazy about it but always feel better when I do. Now that I’m on the other side and teaching it’s still important!


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