Don’t miss Graduate Student Experience Week: Mar 7-11

Join your peers for a week of virtual sessions to help you reflect on wellness, encourage connection and equip you with strategies to thrive personally and academically as you continue to work remotely or on campus. Plus, there’s a PRIZE GIVEAWAY! All students who participate during the week will be entered into a draw at the end of the week for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the U of T Bookstore!

Please note that registration is required on CLNX.


Facebook Live: 10 Tips for Keeping on Track with Academic Work while Staying Balanced
Katie Brent, Gradlife Ambassador

Monday, March 7, 12:00-12:30pm

With graduate school often being self-paced, it can be difficult to stay motivated and find balance especially at this time of year. Join Gradlife Ambassador and grad student Katie to hear her top tips to keep on track with academic work while making sure you keep a healthy work-life balance. To participate, please join the Gradlife Facebook Group and check in at noon:

Talking to New People Online for Graduate Students
Jennifer Pinker, Student Life Coordinator, Gradlife Programs and Katie Brent, Gradlife Ambassador

Monday, March 7, 6:30pm-8:30pm

You may be feeling isolated and disconnected at this time of the year. Talking and connecting with new people is a challenge that everyone faces and this workshop will help you develop the skills you need to not only make new connections, but to manage the fear and anxiety that comes along with it. We will teach you how to make new connections during your graduate programs and you will practice these skills so that you’ll leave with experience, and confidence that will help you continue talking to new people.

Build your Productivity Toolkit to Support New Ways of Working as a Graduate Student
Andrea Graham, Learning Strategist, Academic Success

Tuesday, March 8, 9:30am-11am

Join us for this workshop to reflect upon, share, and learn new ways to increase your productivity during physical distancing and beyond.

Staying on The Path – An offer from an indigenous perspective on self-care and wellness
Bonnie Jane Maracle, Learning Strategist, Academic Success

Tuesday, March 8, 11am-12pm

Indigenous Learning Strategist, Bonnie Jane Maracle presents using a Medicine Wheel model for planning and maintaining a balance of Self as a graduate student to get through the coursework and staying focussed. Includes a short self-reflective exercise.

Nine Ways to find Community on Campus as a Graduate Student
Jennifer Pinker, Student Life Coordinator, Gradlife Programs and Katie Brent, Gradlife Ambassador

Wednesday, March 9, 12:00pm-1:00pm

It can be especially isolating at this of the year writing, working on papers, or doing assignments. Learn about some Student Life programs where you can come together with other graduate students and find community as you navigate your academic work. We will highlight some popular programs that you can participate in remotely that may help support your overall wellness and productivity.

Relax & Restore: Self-care and Reducing Zoom Fatigue for Graduate Students
Lauren Brown, Mindfulness Program Coordinator, Multi-Faith Centre

Thursday, March 10, 12:30pm-1:15pm

Graduate students need breaks and zoom fatigue has become a big challenge over the last two years. Participate in some quick and easy exercises with your peers for stress reduction and healthy screen breaks.

Setting Practical Goals during Grad School in Stressful Times
Peer Leadership Facilitators TBA, Leadership Programs, Student Engagement

Thursday, March 10, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Setting goals can help grad students make progress in all aspects of their life. This workshop takes participants through different approaches to goal setting, from the well-known “SMART” goals, to the anti-goal approach and many in-between.  Whether your goals are to achieve straight A’s or drink 2 cups of water a day…having a goal in mind and a plan to achieve it has impactful benefits. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own strengths and factor those into their goals, large and small.

Virtual Speed Networking for Graduate Students
Jennifer Pinker, Student Life Coordinator, Gradlife Programs and Katie Brent, Gradlife Ambassador

Friday, March 11, 7:00-8:30pm

The Virtual Networking Event is an exciting way to meet new people and a great way to end our Grad Week! We will cycle students through breakout rooms so that they can meet new people and make new connections. Not only will this event be a fun and low-pressure way to get to know Grad students across disciplines, but it will help you to develop your networking and conversation skills.

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