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Clockwise from left: Jana Wilbricht on a trail run in Clarkston, Amy Pistone's yummy dessert in Ann Arbor, Daniela Morar rock climbing in California, Rika Nova going head over heels at the gym in Ann Arbor.

What do YOU do when you're not writing?

We all know graduate students are very busy and spend most of their hours writing. But what do graduate students do in those rare moments when they are not writing? See what Rackham graduate students on Instagram have submitted to our 'When I'm Not Writing' picture series so far. For more content, follow Rackham on Instagram @umichgradschool. What do you do when you are not writing? Share your own picture on Instagram with #whenimnotwriting and #umichgradschool to be featured on our page!

Dear Fellow Graduate Student…

Did you just have planned a weekend that was full and enriching, with just the right balance between work and play, so you could start the week with an empty to-do list and plenty of spirit in the tank? Good for you!

Oh no, did you oversleep by 3 hours, and have now had to cancel "fun reading" time? And you now have to do laundry during Peak Laundry Hour? Yes, it's okay to pretend that the suspicious washer which doesn't seem to do much actually gets your clothes clean. Also okay to take a chance on the rotten dryer that's the only one not in use, let it swallow your coins, and then kick it a couple of times when it fails to start. If you do try tipping it forward to make it regurgitate your quarters, I'd recommend having a keen sense of balance.

Acknowledge the GRADitude in Your Life!

On Wednesday, March 15, please join us in the Rackham lobby for our fourth annual GRADitude at Rackham event.

Join us for lunch and write a thank you note to alumni donors who give back to Rackham to support graduate students:

March 15
11:30am to 1:00pm
Rackham Lobby

Alumni gifts have a big impact on what Rackham can do to support graduate students. In 2016:

  • 2,858 gifts were given to support Rackham graduate students
  • 84% of donations were from Rackham alumni
  • 1,550 gifts were of $100 or more
  • 169 gifts were of $1,000 or more

Donor funding helps Rackham to disburse over $54 million in funding to graduate students every year, including:

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