7 episodes

Conversations about the graduate school experience and how to successfully pursue an advanced degree. One conversation at a time.

GradLIFE Podcast Graduate College (UIUC)

    • Education

Conversations about the graduate school experience and how to successfully pursue an advanced degree. One conversation at a time.

    A Research Pivot, One Year Later

    A Research Pivot, One Year Later

    It has been a year of COVID. Our graduate student podcasters share their funniest Zoom stories and how they have been navigating this new landscape. Burning Man expert Caitlin Brooks (Recreation, Sport, and Tourism) speaks about mourning canceled ethnographic dissertation fieldwork and the power of community in times of isolation.

    • 34 min
    Your Portfolio Will Never Be Perfect or Done

    Your Portfolio Will Never Be Perfect or Done

    Landscape Designer Saloni Chawla (MLA '18) sits down to talk with us about how she landed her dream job at STIMSON an urban and rural landscape architecture studio with a working farm and a plant nursery, and why she considers it a perfect match with her interests in cultural landscapes and people.

    • 13 min
    Highs, Lows in Grad School During COVID - Cat & Shelby

    Highs, Lows in Grad School During COVID - Cat & Shelby

    SAGE graduate student podcasters Cat (Physics) and Shelby (Kinesiology) interview each other about choosing their research fields and Illinois for graduate education. How “virtual everything” affects their grad school highs and lows and teaches them a few tricks. 

    • 18 min
    Highs, Lows in Grad School During COVID - Abby & Sebastian

    Highs, Lows in Grad School During COVID - Abby & Sebastian

    SAGE graduate student podcasters Abby (Social Work) and Sebastian (Labor and Employment Relations) interview each other about choosing their research fields and Illinois for graduate education. How “virtual everything” affects their grad school ups and downs and teaches them a few tricks. 

    • 14 min
    You Can't Pour From an Empty Cup

    You Can't Pour From an Empty Cup

    SAGE grad student podcasters interview the Counseling Center’s Kamau Grantham, who gives everyone permission to take care of themselves and encourages the practice of self-care, an intentional skill that takes time to figure out. Things get salty as they contemplate the balance of ingredients in chocolate chip cookies. The podcasters continue the discussion with their favorite “mesources.”

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Bringing Childlike Approaches to Self-Care

    Bringing Childlike Approaches to Self-Care

    SAGE grad student podcasters get to know more about fellow podcaster Abby Valtierra, who is pursuing a master’s in Social Work.
    Abby shares some techniques to lower stress in elementary school students, such as a 5-4-3-2-1 mapping exercise, that might also work for grad students. And our podcasters share powerful “mesources” including the importance of positive self-talk.

    • 39 min

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