Grad Life

concept illustration of a person recharging as a battery
"Recharging" by Viktor Hertz

Tue., Sept. 23, 2014; by Jenny Beth Jorgensen

After focusing on your work all week, take time to recharge. Graduate Ambassador Jenny Beth Jorgensen offers tips on where to go and what to do around UNL and Lincoln.
Making goals and managing time
"London Time" by Doug88888 | flickr

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014; by Derek Schardt

Ready for the new semester? Graduate Student Ambassador Derek Schardt reflects on what he’s learned about making the most of grad school.

Links of colorful paper rings
"Paper Chains" by stitchlily | flickr

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014; by Christy Burger

Most students entering grad school probably don't think much about building and maintaining healthy relationships, but it's an important life skill that's vital in graduate school. Christy Burger, one of our Graduate Student Ambassadors, shares what has helped her build strong support relationships.
Eight Ways to Prepare for Comps

Most doctoral students at UNL have to complete a written comprehensive exam to enter candidacy, and in some departments the written exam may be followed by an oral exam. Here we present 8 ways to get ready for this important step in your academic career.
summer bike ride on a country road

You’ve handed in your last paper and graded your students’ final exams. With Spring semester behind you, you’re ready for summer. Three long months stretch ahead of you, full of promise. Take our advice and make your summer as productive as possible.

July 2013; by Neal Bryan

You'll occasionally have people talk about "Surviving Graduate School," but that doesn't reflect the possibilities and opportunities for growth.

There’s no perfect formula for negotiating graduate school. However, many people have thought about and written on this topic, and everyone who has gone to graduate school seems to agree on some common themes.

Have you ever emerged from the office recently only to find that everyone is gone? Do you sometimes feel that your department colleagues have just up and vanished? Are you feeling like the last person on earth?

WITH THE EXPANDING NUMBER of online course offerings now available to graduate students (and in some cases, entire curricula), it’s likely you will – if you haven’t already done so – take a “distance learning” course as part of your program.