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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.



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Workshop Series on Navigating the Ups and Downs of Grad School

Credit: niall62Grad school can be rough. But you don't have to figure it out all on your own.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will host a series of workshops called "Riding the Wave: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Grad School with Greater Ease." Each session will provide practical information and engaging discussions as well as individualized exercises to personalize your experience.

All sessions will be held on Thursdays from 3:30-5 p.m. in Elings 1605. See below for more information on dates and topics.

February 4: Optimizing Motivation and Well-Being

February 11: Defining Personal Goals and Making an Action Plan

February 18: Effective Communication

February 25: Achieving Work-Life Balance

Sessions build on each other but drop-ins are welcome. These workshops are open to graduate students in all fields of study. You can download the series flyer here.


Advice for Grad Students to Survive and Thrive in Grad School

Advice word cloudMost frequent advice words from grad student interviews. Credit: Kyle Crocco

Do you want to know how to survive and thrive in graduate school?

So did I.

So I examined over forty graduate student spotlight interviews (using Voyant Tools) and discovered what you should make, take, take advantage of, don't, and try while in graduate school.


  • the most of your time in Santa Barbara
  • some new friends
  • sure you have a good support network of friends and family
  • as many connections as possible
  • a habit of being healthy and happy


  • charge of your graduate experience
  • some time off to do things you love
  • some dance classes or study abroad
  • a trip to the islands

Take Advantage of:

  • UCSB resources
  • the diverse cultural setting of UCSB
  • all the opportunities of being a graduate student
  • the GSA's Free Bagel Hour


  • get caught in a rut of overwork
  • put your life on hold
  • spend time around people who bring you down
  • neglect your physical and mental health
  • forget to have fun
  • lose yourself in the process
  • be afraid to seize opportunities, deviate from plans, and follow new paths.


  • new things
  • to stay in tune with what's going on in the real world, outside of your studies
  • your best to not complain and have fun along the journey
  • to find a work/life balance that works for you
  • to be one of those people who lift others up

Top Fifty Advice Words

  1. work    26
  2. graduate           19
  3. time     16
  4. make    14
  5. student            14
  6. life       13
  7. grad     11
  8. things  11
  9. advice  10
  10. good    10
  11. research           10
  12. school  10
  13. students          10
  14. don’t   9
  15. help     9
  16. just      9
  17. outside            9
  18. people 9
  19. network           8
  20. advantage        7
  21. hard     7
  22. new     7
  23. right     6
  24. support           6
  25. sure     6
  26. ucsb     6
  27. balance            5
  28. best     5
  29. enjoy   5
  30. exercise            5
  31. friends 5
  32. important        5
  33. let        5
  34. opportunities  5
  35. really   5
  36. studies 5
  37. try       5
  38. want    5
  39. advisor            4
  40. become            4
  41. better   4
  42. come    4
  43. experience       4
  44. forget   4
  45. free      4
  46. fun       4
  47. great    4
  48. habits 4
  49. happy 4
  50. having 4

Our Own Swan Lake

By Indy Hurt - GradDiv Academic Peer

Whether you are new or old to the area, now is a great time to stop by Goleta's Lake Los Carneros for a visit.  Work life balance is key to surviving graduate school, so hold those "no time" excuses! 

Bright yellow oxalis and pretty purple sweet pea flowers are beginning to bloom amongst fields of lush green grass.  Within the last week or so, we've also had a few unexpected visitors:

Swans on Lake Los Carneros in Goleta

These beautiful Mute Swans are quite large yet able to take flight with an impressive wingspan over six feet across.

Mute Swans are not native to the area.  It's possible that these two escaped from a nearby estate. 

Lake Los Carneros is located on the north side of the 101, adjacent to North Los Carneros Road.  Take a walk around the lake to view many species of birds, and spend an afternoon exploring the rest of the trails in the park. 

During the week, the park benches are also ideal places to get some reading done.