A little about me. Graduated in 2011 with MA in DM. Work at Fred Hutch in Digital Communications. Wife. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Friend.
With your work & school colleagues, friends and especially family –
Going to go over some quick tips for work, family and school to make it easier.
Lucky that husband and I knew what grad school meant.Also, if kids are old enough give them an ability to help choose classes so that they are involved. Having small children while working and going to school is HARD. Not recommended.
Death of a parent. Had to take time off, barely passed class. Help from colleagues “I’m not worried” Mess up with withdraw. Needed help getting that fixed. Mess up with graduation. Needed help from admin staff for that. Unexpected pregnancy – hey, guess what you CAN get pregnant when you are past 40. Had to take extra credits to graduateSoooooo tired.
Tips from the Graduate School Trenches
Tips from the Grad School Trenches
How to make graduate school
work with your life
UW Master in Communication in Digital
Web Producer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Two things you lose when you are in
1. Time. You don’t have
2. Sleep. You won’t get
Two things to make you things easier
in grad school:
Communication skills – over-communicate
with everyone in your life if necessary
Being kind/grateful/appreciative –
because you being in grad school and
working and trying to have a life is going to
kinda suck for everyone else.
Be clear about expectations.
Get your key co-workers on board, invested
If your graduate school work relates to your work,
share with your team.
Map out goals with your manager and keep them
up to date with your school progress.
See if you can dial back work a bit. Work from
home on days you have class, schedule for days
off when you have papers due.
Make as many school projects as you can
2. Family & Friends
Absolutely essential – get your partner on
board. Their support is everything.
All relationships need care & feeding – Target
ways you can make an impact with your family
and make them feel taken care of. (Vacuum. Play
catch. Post to Facebook – really!)
Make a clear study schedule so they know what
Take-classes-at-my-pace v. Git ‘er done
schedule – depends on the family.
Work around family time (again, no sleep)
Be courteous and nice to program staff.
Because something will go wrong and they will
be the only ones who know how to fix it.
Be upfront with your group members about your
schedule when it comes time for projects Google Hangouts/Skype.
Be a mensch. These are people you will spend a
lot of time with.
Go to department happy hours/gatherings if you