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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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Using the FORD Technique to Find Common Ground

At a time when you can have thousands of Facebook friends and Twitter followers, it seems as though it should be easier than ever to build a strong network of peers and colleagues. Yet, networking is not about having thousands of online friends. The key to networking is being able to build a strong relationship with each individual in your network.

How do you build a strong relationship with an individual that you would like to add to your network? The first step is to get to know the person. Lifehacker author Craig Lloyd recommends using the FORD technique:

  • Family
  • Occupation
  • Recreation
  • Dreams

Use these categories to find common ground (e.g., Do you both have kids? Do you both enjoy rock climbing?) and to learn more about the individual.

Continue to keep in touch with this individual over time. This can be done by sending a quick email message, sharing an article or website with them (i.e., "I saw this article about rock climbing and thought you might like it"), or using some of the features on social networking sites (i.e., "Liking" a post or sharing the person's tweet with your Twitter followers).

If you focus on relationship-building, rather than adding friends and followers to your social networking sites, your network will be more inclined to help you when you need advice, support, or job search recommendations.


Presentation Skills: Overcoming Stage Fright's Stage Fright Pre-Game ChecklistLet’s face it, presenting in front of an audience, whether it’s your classmates or professionals in your field, can be intimidating. Everyone gets nervous before presenting – it’s natural. However, sometimes this nervousness can grow into a heart-pounding, fear-filled anxiety. Don’t let it get to that point! recently published an article called, “Eliminate Stage Fright with a Pre-game Checklist.” 

In this article, Thorin Klosowski includes tips for preparing (practice, memorize part of the presentation, and prepare answers to common questions ahead of time) and calming yourself before the presentation. There is even a pocket-sized checklist you can print out and use during your next presentation: pocketsizedstagefright.pdf

Being prepared and relaxed can significantly improve your presentation and your experience.

How do you get over stage fright when presenting? Share your tips in the comments section.