Find your balance in your graduate studies by watching videos on the PhD Balance YouTube Channel. Check out video playlists below.
Another way of feeling more connected as a graduate student is to tune into some of the top Graduate blogs and handles. From PhD Comics to the Professor is In, these resources will reinforce that you are not alone in your journey. You can find more resources here: https://www.online-phd-programs.org/top-50-blogs-for-phd-students/
Share exciting events and graduate hurdles on LinkedIn or other forms of social media and tag your supporters. Let your network celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how big or small! #GradThriving
You can get involved both on-campus and off-campus in your discipline. Join your discipline specific graduate student organizations. Don't forget that many national organizations have graduate level groups, including:
Attend a regional or national conference with an organization above or with one in your discipline. This can be a great way to start building your community!
In addition, you can explore PhD Student Meet-ups, and check out your University Calendar to stay updated about upcoming Events.
Don't pass up opportunities to get involved with your department! Be a part of your school culture - this will help you meet others and grow your network and a sense of belonging. You can help increase belonging for others by getting involved as well.
Many universities have cultural centers where you can go, connect, and learn about your culture as well as others. It is never too late to find your community on campus!
Peer Mentorship: Get involved in your graduate student organization and ask about peer mentoring activities!
Get the mentoring you need from faculty: General Suggestions for Mentees (shared from the Purdue Engineering Student Mentoring Handbook):
The following suggestions may help graduate students enhance their mentoring experience.
Sometimes a faculty match might not work. This happens and if you cannot have a discussion with your faculty advisor about it, then you should reach out to graduate staff and administrators that serve as your advocates! Do not be afraid to reach out to them to help you navigate any situation!
If you are an undocumented student, then check out the following website's Navigating Graduate School Resource guide here: https://www.thedream.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Navigating-Graduate-School_-Resource-Guide-for-Undocumented-Stude-1.pdf