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What is Burnout, and How Can You Manage It?

Image of papers and blue sticky notes with a planner on top. The section of the planner reads "TO DO LIST." In red marker is written "SO MANY THINGS" December 1, 2021

Nikita Thadani

 

You may have heard the phrase “I’m so burnt out” before. You may have said this phrase yourself – before grad school or during. This phrase certainly pops up more frequently around this time of year, with final papers, exams, and deadlines approaching. But what is burnout? There are several definitions of burnout – let’s take a look at a few of them. 

Mirriam-Webster Dictionary defines burnout as “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.”1 The World Health Organization uses the ICD-11 (International Classification of Diseases, 11th edition) definition of burnout, which is “a syndrome conceptualized as …

Finding Mental Health Resources at Mason & Beyond

Image of golden retriever looking happy in the center of the photo. A Mason student petting the dog on the left of the photo, sitting on a green bench and wearing a camo jacket, a paper face mask, and a yellow hijab. On the right, a woman sitting on a green bench, looking straight ahead at the camera, wearing khaki pants, a blue jacket, and a blue polo. November 4, 2021

by Nikita Thadani

As I’m sure many of you already know, prioritizing your mental health in graduate school is key. Although it can be easy to prioritize deadlines, responsibilities, and work over your mental health and well-being, if we don’t take care of our minds and bodies first, we won’t be able to complete all of our many tasks & responsibilities at hand. As they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup (in this case, you are the cup). 

At the Mason Grad Insider, we’ve written plenty of blog posts about self-care (here and here), meditation, well-being, and resilience as a graduate student. But what about when that’s not …

Grad Student Researchers: Thinking Like an Entrepreneur

October 6, 2021

October 06, 2021 By: Steven Zhou

For many students here in graduate programs at Mason, research is a defining feature of the program curriculum. Whether in a Master’s or PhD program, what you’re probably expecting or have experienced are years of deep study, advanced analysis, and pages upon pages of writing to produce the polished peer-reviewed research articles you need to succeed in academia. Certainly, these skills and competencies are critical to research success.

However, as a PhD student in organizational psychology just starting my own academic career, I’d argue that there’s another often-forgotten skill that’s vitally important: thinking like an entrepreneur.

I realize that this is a bit …

Quick Tips to Being a Mentor to Undergrads!

March 25, 2021

by Austin A. Deray

 

Good day, Mason graduate students! I hope y’all are having a good Spring 2021 and beginning to enjoy the warmer weather. Today’s blog was inspired by a conversation I had with one of my many writing groups (y’all know I love a writing group: “Virtual Writing Communities: How Can We Work Together, while We Stay Apart?”), and I decided to bring it to everyone this week on Mason’s Grad Insider… so let’s get to talking about mentoring. 

A lot of time in grad school, we talk about finding a mentor (“What to Look for in a Mentor”), but recently, one of  my writing groups had …

Finding Balance Between School, Work, and Life

March 3, 2021

By Kerry Hentges, Programming and Administrative Coordinator for University Life SciTech, pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at George Mason

I decided to apply for graduate school 6 years after graduating with my Bachelor’s of Fine Art. I had decided I wanted to be an art teacher, and graduate school was the next step in that process. I was excited to get back into art-making and learn new techniques.

The first thing I was told upon entering graduate school was that I was going to make bad art. The next thing I was told was that I wasn’t even going to have time to sleep during the next …

Meal Prepping: An Aspirational Blog Post

December 2, 2020

Hey Mason Grads,

Nikita here. Today I’m going to write a little bit about meal prepping, and let me be very clear with you: this is an aspirational blog post. I am mildly terrible at remembering to meal prep. The hopes are that in writing and publishing this blog post, I’ll hold myself a little more accountable for doing it!

Meal prep is essential for us working adults (as many of us graduate students are), both to bring to our jobs and to those evening classes. Meal prep is great for many reasons–when you meal prep, you’ll be eating more nutritious food, healthier portions, and saving a lot more money …

Biking through the DMV and These COVID-19 Times

November 11, 2020

Hey y’all, I don’t know about everyone else, but I am finding this pandemic/COVID-19 moment we are currently living to be both neverending, but also stifling. When I was home, where I fled to for summer break, I was on an island and had a beach to walk and rivers to kayak; but alas, since being back in the DMV, I’ve found myself spending more and more time indoors. It is now fall and I still enjoy getting outdoors and the perk of the DMV is that you get to enjoy the fall leaves, a thing I never got in GA.  Don’t get me wrong, on the plus side, it …

Citation Management Systems: Creating Your Own Personal Database

October 28, 2020

Hi Mason Grads,

Nikita here. I’ve recently become a citation management system user at the behest of my lovely boss, Dr. Julie Choe Kim. In particular, I’ve started using Zotero–which is free and open-source, and was created right here at Mason. So, not only is it free, but as Mason students, we get the perk of extra storage space when we register with our GMU email address! Now, hear me out, because I’m not here to be a walking, talking Zotero ad. Let me explain why it works for me.

I am what some might lovingly call a digital hoarder. What does that mean? It means I never delete text …

A Virtual End and Farewell to the 2019-2020 Academic Year

May 6, 2020

By Sydney Glass and Austin A. Deray

For starters, we want to give each of you a virtual round of applause as you have truly shown your commitment to your graduate education and resilience throughout this period of stay-at-home orders, online learning, and living and working from home. I am sure that none of us could have ever imagined that this would be our new reality, so we really do commend you for pushing through despite the many challenges. While the academic year is ending, the effects of this pandemic will likely be felt for quite some time. Thus, we want to remind all of you that it is okay …

Mason Resources: Maintain Your Well-Being during a Time of Uncertainty

April 29, 2020

By Sydney Glass

With so much uncertainty in our day-to-day and the end of the semester steadily approaching, it is easy to become overwhelmed. The Mason community recognizes that this is a difficult and challenging time and has worked together to transform many of the student support services to a virtual format. In addition, online resources, events, and programs related to well-being have been created to provide support during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. We want you all to know that you are not alone, and we will overcome this together. To learn more about the available opportunities and ways to maintain your well-being at Mason, read below.

Mental Well-Being: Those of …