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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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Easy and Free Tools to Help Students Budget

In addition to the pressures of academic requirements, job searches, and personal relationships, many students also feel financial stress; we have more money leaving our bank accounts than going into them.


Tracking expenses is the first step toward budgeting and financial planning. It’s important to know exactly where you’re spending your elusive money, and the results may surprise you. Getting an occasional coffee at Courtyard Café or a late-night pizza can certainly add up. Luckily, there are several easy and free ways to help monitor expenses:

  • Keeping a spending journal. Write down everything you spend for a month (or longer), and you’ll have a good idea of where your money is going. After that, you’ll be able to identify easy areas to save money (e.g., making coffee at home and bringing it to school, rather than a handful of visits to the coffee shop).
  • Sign up for a free account, and not only can you track your spending, but Mint will also suggest personalized savings tips. Other fun features include bill pay and free credit score checks.
  • LevelMoney. This app connects to your bank accounts and allows you more input into your saving and spending goals. After entering these goals, the app will track your purchases and tell you how much you have left to spend for a given period to stay on course.
  • PearBudget. Based off a simple Excel sheet, this website allows you to register for free with customized spending categories. You can export the Excel sheet for free, but after the first month trial period, an account with PearBudget costs $5 a month.
  • Free monthly spending trackers and credit reports from your credit card company. More credit card companies are helping their customers track their spending with spending analyzers in their monthly statements (e.g., Discover Card).

Doodle Makes Scheduling Your Meetings Easier 

Doodle logoEver wanted to schedule a meeting with multiple busy people (like your committee members) and wished someone else could set it up so you could sit back and sip a mai tai?

Well, that's almost true if you use Doodle. This FREE online app makes setting your date with dissertation destiny easier than ever before.

Easy to Use

You can quickly sign up to Doodle with your Google or Facebook account, then create a list of possible meeting times. Let Doodle do the rest.

Easy to Understand

Doodle will send emails to all your recipients and email you back when they respond with the times they can meet, all plotted out in a handy little table for quick consultation. It's just that easy!

Now if there was only a free online application to complete your dissertation.

To learn more, watch this amazing video

For a list of features, read this.


Get Creative this Summer with Free Photo Editing Software

Want to do some cool photo editing this summer, but don’t have any funds free to splurge on Photoshop? Try using GIMP software (aka GNU Image Manipulation Program) for all your photo manipulation needs. It not only has a cool and weird name, but it costs you nothing but the time to download.

With GIMP, you can do most of the same things you pay dearly to do with Photoshop, such as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.

Best of all, it works on all platforms: Macs, Windows, and Linux.

Download it today at and thank me later.

Gimp software screen imageScreen image of GIMP software.


Print 200 Pages per Quarter for Free with Collaborate Print Spot

Collaborate Print Spot LogoThe Collaborate PrintSpot offers free printing (up to 200 black-and-white pages per quarter) for all students at any of the following locations:

Phelps Open Access Lab (Phelps 1521)

HSSB Open Access Lab (HSSB 1203)

Life Science Computing Facility (PSYCH 1804).

The Collaborate PrintSpot supports UCSB's sustainability initiatives by providing 50% post-consumer content paper and double-sided printing. For more details, including hours of operation, visit Instructional Technology College of Letters & Science's Collaborate PrintSpot page.