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Rackham Student Awarded CIC Smithsonian Fellowship

Last week, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) announced this year's CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship awardees. Kristine Ronan, a Ph.D. candidate in History of Art, also enrolled in Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, was one of 6 students to be awarded this prestigious fellowship. Fellowships are offered by the CIC and the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution.

For Rackham Students with Extraordinary Emergency Financial Needs

Last week I wrote about Rackham’s Emergency Fund. I want to follow up by noting that, at some time during your graduate career, you may experience a significant financial emergency that does not meet the eligibility requirements for the Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Fund or exceeds the $2,500 limit of the fund. You may need assistance with living expenses after the unexpected loss of employment or departmental funding; or to replace personal items, such as computers, glasses, clothing or books that have been damaged or lost in a car accident or fire.

Grad School and ADHD

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 4.1% of the U.S. adult population has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I’m one of that 4.1%; in August, I was diagnosed with ADHD, primarily inattentive. Like most adults diagnosed with ADHD, I had ADHD as a child, but my symptoms did not become problematic until I was under so much stress that my coping mechanisms were no longer sufficient. In my case, that stress was graduate school, and I spent much of my first two years severely impaired. The worst part of it was that to an outside observer, my difficulties looked for all the world like laziness, while from the inside, everything felt overwhelming.

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