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Taking Care of Your Personal Relationships during Graduate School

November 23, 2015

By Julie Choe Kim and Kate Shaw

Beginning a graduate program involves many new experiences and adjustments, but many students do not consider how graduate school will affect their personal relationships.  Stress, time constraints, financial issues, and other distractions can put a strain on relationships and lead to negative feelings and interactions. On Friday, Oct. 30, Anchal Khanna, Assistant Director for Counseling and Psychological Services, presented a workshop on how to balance relationships with life as a graduate student and provided strategies to keep conflicts from damaging your personal relationships.

In navigating difficult conversations in relationships, Khanna discussed a concept by J. M. Gottman, which he called “The Four Horsemen …