To add some helpful tips and tricks in your next social media break, check out these profiles! This is an easy way to learn something while scrolling through Instagram or Twitter – both mental health accounts have a disclaimer that all content is for educational purposes only and should not substitute professional help:
- @mindfulcounseling – mental health studio with experience in eating disorders and faith transitions
- @nedratawwab – therapist with lots of bite-size tips for mental health
- @beyondtheprof – focus on career plans after the PhD, in and outside of academia
- @thefinancialdiet – get your finances in order with a fresh approach to all things money
- @legogradstudent – for some relatable laughs
The academic community on Twitter is huge and you can interact with a lot of different areas, scholars and students. Look for the hashtags #PhDchat, #AcademicTwitter and lists such as Science Writers and Science Journals. It can be a wonderful tool to be up to date with all things science, no matter your expertise and also connect with peers across the globe. Science outreach and communication also has a big community with #SciComm
There are a ton of resources here at WashU, take your time to explore all websites full of useful information and enjoy your time as a graduate student here. Some highlights:
- The Graduate Center – For all things graduate student related, the Graduate Center is your spot on campus to interact with peers and participate in grad focused events. Sign up for their newsletter to be updated on all upcoming activities.
- Office of Recreation – the athletic complex has everything you need to take care of you physical health. Besides the gym and fitness classes, there are also cooking lessons, field trips and massage chairs for relaxation, and much more. All included in the grad student package!
- Writing Center – all resources to improve your writing and presentation skills, with focus groups and one on one coaching available.
- Teaching Center – the Teaching Center offers workshops and certifications to perfect your teaching skills, very handy for that AI position and future prospects!
- Campus Maps - directions to the campus.
- Danforth Campus Map - labeled map to help you find your way around campus.
- WashU Parking and Transportation - especially look for info on the U-Pass (lets you ride all St. Louis public transportation for free!) and shuttle routes
- WebSTAC - provides access to online course registration, campus card management, student billing account, etc.
- Student Technology Services - provides information about connecting to the WUSTL network, along with other technologies available to students
- Student Health Services - health care services offered for students
ThinkWell collection – this PhD focused book collection has everything you need to set yourself to success during your academic years. These books are short and effective and very much worth reading! We currently have the titles:
NYT - We have a free subscription to the New York Times through WashU: go to http://nytimesaccess.com/washingtonuniversity/ and use your WUSTLKey to login and select undergrad student, it works just fine (there’s no option for grads at the moment.)
LinkedIn Learning - Unlimited access to more than 7,500 video tutorials covering business, creative and technology topics, including all Lynda.com content.
Getting Started in St. Louis:
Professional (and other) Societies:
Support and Advice for Graduate Students: