Work-Life Balance: A Winning Formula All Graduate Students Need

Carolin Maney Purser
Political Science & International Affairs
Ph.D. Candidate
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I started my fast-track PhD program at the School of Public and International Affairs in 2012, only 3 months after I graduated with my bachelor’s degree. Regardless of when you start graduate school, whether right out of college, after a few years of experience, or returning after having a career for ten or more years, one struggle that every graduate student I have met has experienced is that of productivity and work-life balance. Close to the end of my life as a graduate student, here are my thoughts on these two topics, especially for those in the social sciences.
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Industry vs. Academia

Mathew Abraham
Department of Infectious Diseases
Ph.D. Student

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Every graduate student will compare an industry job and an academic job in their graduate student life, especially as graduation looms near. For many of us, it is an important decision because we enjoy some aspects of both career paths. Being part of an academic community as a graduate student provides various opportunities to learn deeply about a typical academic career. On the other hand, valuable internship experiences in industry reveal what a career in industry would look like day-to-day. I would like to take this opportunity to compare industry jobs and academic jobs and discuss some of the factors that I believe are very important in making a choice.
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Student Organizations on Campus

Phillip D. Grant, Jr.
Educational Administration and Policy
Ph.D. Candidate
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Did you know that graduate students tend to feel more disconnected to their college campus than undergraduates? I certainly didn’t when I was accepted for admission here at UGA in 2013. After spending six years at The University of Alabama for both an undergraduate and master’s degree, I assumed that I would jump right into life in Athens as if nothing changed. It did not go as smoothly as I hoped.My department is located on South Campus, literal miles away from historic North Campus, coffee shops, and interesting places to have lunch with a friend. I quickly realized that students in my department tended to keep to themselves and never hung out casually after work hours. I was disappointed, because I looked forward to having a large cohort of fellow students who took classes together, spent time together, sought out advice together, and hopefully published papers together!
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Graduate Student Life – A Memorable Journey

Nhat Quach
Pharmaceudical & Biological Sciences
Ph.D. Student
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First, I would like to congratulate you or your acquaintance who was accepted to a UGA graduate program. I believe you have made an excellent choice by choosing UGA to pursue your graduate study. This year, 2017, is my last at UGA and it has been quite a journey. I believe each of us have our own way of making that journey memorable. Continue reading

Coming Back to UGA

Elizabeth Gaughf Kozak
Higher Education
Ph.D. Student
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The decision to come back to UGA to enroll in a PhD program was a fairly easy one. In my case, I knew that I wanted to take advantage of the Tuition Assistance Program — meaning that I work full-time for a division of the institution and as a result recieve free tuition (up to 9 credit hours per semester). Continue reading