National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

April 2-8, 2017 is National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.
The first full week of April every year has been set aside as a time to recognize the contributions and importance of graduate students in the US.

We celebrate and honor the Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, graduate association leaders and all students pursuing graduate and professional degrees. We appreciate your vital contribution to academia. We recognize that your sphere of influence will continue to widen as you become our nation’s future business, political, scientific and intellectual leaders.

We also want to make sure you have all the support you need to succeed. For some the pressure of academic responsibilities are too much to handle. We’d like to take this opportunity to heighten awareness of the concerns and resources available to graduate and professional students to help them successfully navigate their degree programs. Will you help us, and your peers, by posting on social media the message below?  Also like us on Facebook at facebook.com/gradresources and follow us on twitter at twitter.com/gradresources.

National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (April 2-8) celebrates the role of graduate students as TA’s and RA’s on campus today, as well as raising awareness to their future impact as leaders in academics, industry and government. However, the path to completing a graduate degree can be difficult. The National Graduate Student Crisis Line (877-GRAD-HLP; 877-472-3457) is available 24/7 to listen, connect and assist you right now. Grad Resources (www.gradresources.org) and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (www.NAGPS.org) are available to support you throughout the rest of the year.

Schedule of Activities

MONDAY: ISOLATION AWARENESS DAY

Break away from the isolation of your studies and meet other graduate students on your campus. Invite a grad in your life out to coffeee.

TUESDAY: SAVE A LIFE DAY

The stresses of graduate school are often overwhelming, leading some even to the point of despair. Fortunately, Grad Resources offers a free crisis help-line staffed with counselors who understand the struggles graduate students face. In honor of this,make a friend aware of this life-saving resource. All they have to do is call 1.800.GRAD.HLP for free, confidential assistance.

For more information, visit www.gradresources.org/crisis.

WEDNESDAY: LUNCH WITH YOUR ADVISOR DAY

How often do you actually talk to your faculty advisor about something other than your research? Wednesday is all about meeting with your advisor to get to know each other better. Who knows? Maybe he or she could be a mentor for you.

THURSDAY: TAKE BACK YOUR FINANCES DAY

Finances are a source of major stress for so many graduate students. Use today to take back control of your financial situation by writing a budget and assessing your goals. Get more suggestions by visiting www.gradresources.org/issues.

FRIDAY: BALANCE YOUR LIFE DAY

It’s easy to become so engulfed in our research that we forget to enjoy the other parts of our lives. Use this day to take an inventory of the things that are most important to you and then go do something fun!

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