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I Am a Ph.D. Student from a Muggle Family

Recently, more than halfway through my second year of graduate school, I experienced a major breakdown. On my two, three-hour flights that took me back home to Colombia, I questioned my sudden decision to retreat for three weeks to get myself together.

“Is this going to affect the way my professors see me? Do I now seem like I am not committed to my Ph.D. program?” These are the questions that ran through my head.

I tried to breathe through the anxiety while I listened to the Harry Potter audio books that my friend downloaded for me to get me through the flights. “You can’t go through life without knowing about Harry Potter, it’s criminal!” I heard him say in my mind.

Yoga for Wellness and Stress Reduction

Date: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: 

Common Room, Lower Level, Rackham Building

Join us for a slow, deep yoga flow specifically created for graduate students. CAPS M.S.W. Intern and certified yoga instructor Valerie Maloof will lead an hour-long, breath-focused, energizing yoga practice focusing on releasing the tension that builds in our bodies from endless sitting and working at a computer. We will finish with a brief sitting meditation for long-lasting relaxation. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your yoga mat if possible (we will have some mats available). No pre-registration required.

Last updated: March 12, 2018 - 3:35pm

Explore Michigan: Experience Nature

Two years ago, when I first started writing for the Rackham blog, I wrote a post about beach towns on Lake Michigan. That summer, I got engaged on a Lake Michigan beach. And, last month, I got married on that beach. For the wedding, we rented Camp Blodgett in the small town of West Olive, which, during the week, is home to a summer camp for kids. Camp Blodgett was the gorgeous, outdoor location that my wife and I love. We could look out at the vast beauty of Lake Michigan, feel the fine sand between our toes as we walked down to the beach, and have a bonfire with our family and friends. After the wedding, we went to Alaska for the honeymoon, and spent much of our time outdoors experiencing nature. We had a wonderful time and made lots of great memories.

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