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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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Optimizing Motivation and Well Being Workshop Recap

Motivation word chart

"Why am I in grad school!?"

If you have ever asked yourself that question, you are not alone. Dr. Jennifer LaGuardia from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has some helpful information about how we can find ways to "reboot our motivation" and optimize our well being. 

Here are some things to consider

  • What got you interested in graduate school? and What keeps you going? Reflecting on these questions will help you identify what is driving your motivation. 
  • According to Self-Determination Therapy (SDI), motivation is a psychological energy that is directed towards a goal. It is not the quantity, but the quality of motivation that is important because it influences persistance and well-being. Quality of motivation is determined by one's experience of autonomy, competence, and relatedness. 

What can you do?

Begin by reflecting on the ways your own psychological needs are being met or not, make an action plan, and enlist social support. "CARES" Self-Assessment is one way of doing this:

  • Competence: What are the areas you feel most confident about in your work? 
  • Autonomy: Are you able to pursue your interests and valued goals?  
  • Relatedness: How connected do you feel with others in your department? 
  • Extrinsic Compensation & Equity: Are you given enough resources and training to do your work? Are they enough to support your work? 
  • Structure: Are you given clear expectations and details about how to achieve your goals (graduate degree, research, etc.)? 

Utilize the A.S. Media Center's Free Video Cameras and Gear

The Associated Students Media Center can be an excellent resource for creative graduate students. 

Have you ever pondered making a documentary or short film highlighting your research? The A.S. Media Center has the essential tools for your creative process, including still and video cameras, computers, software editing bays, and a space to meet and to view your finished work. Equipment may be checked out for three days at a time.

Details: Students should make sure to reserve the equipment in advance, because demand is high. To reserve, students can stop in or call the Center at 805-893-5422.

Where: The Media Center is located in the Associated Students Annex in Building 434. 

Some available equipment:

Cameras and Lenses

  • 2 Canon 70Ds, each with an 18-135mm IS telephoto lens
  • Canon 60D kit with 18-135mm IS telephoto lens
  • Canon 7D kit with 28-135mm telephoto lens
  • Canon 650 Rebel T4i with 18-135mm telephoto lens
  • Canon 35-300 telephoto lens
  • GoPro Silver camera and GoPro Boom
  • Canon Vixia HD HF20 Camcorder (also available at A.S. Admin)

Sound Recording

  • Zoom H6 Recorder with auxiliary microphones
  • 2 Audio Technica Wireless Lavalier Mics


  • 4 Macs


  • Adobe Creative Suite 6, including PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Premiere
  • Final Cut Pro 7.0.3

The complete gear list may be found here.

The Media Center also holds workshops throughout the year. For more information, check out the Media Center's website, or connect via Facebook. The Center is fully funded by UCSB students, and graduate students are welcome to offer workshops as part of the Media Center's programming.