For PhD Students, a Variety of Mental Health Resources

first_imgGraduate students may seek mental health services for any number of reasons — for all the reasons that anyone else would seek help. But the demands of a PhD program can exacerbate existing problems with anxiety, self-image, procrastination, substance abuse, and anything else one might bring to the table.That PhD programs generally coincide with pivotal years in one’s life, years in which lasting relationships are formed and “real life” is at hand, means that issues of balance and time management become more crucial. And the sheer fact of a typical PhD program’s long lifespan increases the likelihood that many students will feel they need help somewhere along the way.“One of the things that distinguishes PhD programs is the unending nature of the work,” says Dr. Paul Barreira, who is the director of Behavioral Health and Academic Counseling (BHAC) at Harvard, overseeing offices including Mental Health Services and the Bureau of Study Counsel. “Law students are out in three years, most HBS students are out in two. Other Harvard schools have a built-in time limit. GSAS doesn’t.” Many students manage to sustain productivity and focus, but as responsibilities shift from class work to teaching to the relatively unstructured and potentially lonely years of research and writing, some struggle is inevitable.When difficulties mount to the point where one’s work, daily habits, and interactions with others are all compromised, it’s time to get help. But students may hesitate for a variety of reasons: They may fear that word will get back to their advisors; they may think that their problem is insignificant and that they should know how to handle it; they may think that their problem is so complex it has no solution; or they may come from a culture or country where seeking psychological treatment is stigmatized.“One of the biggest mistakes students make is waiting too long before seeking help, which is often due to thinking the problem is either too big or too small,” says Ellen Fox, the GSAS director of student services, who provides front-line assistance to students on a variety of problems. “Help is available for every problem regardless of its size.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students reflect on Semester at Sea

first_imgSaint Mary’s seniors Madison Marshall and Clare Theisen, along with junior Maura Newell, made waves when they participated in the Semester at Sea program, which is not directly offered through Saint Mary’s, but which the students managed to incorporate into their experiences at the College.Semester at Sea is a 100-day program that allows students to experience the cultures of ten or more countries in only one semester of school. Students travel on a boat that is slightly smaller than a cruise ship to get from international destination to destination — the destinations change slightly each semester. Newell, who studied abroad last semester, said she attended classes with fellow students from around the world while on the boat. “We would have class every day we were at sea, so we didn’t really didn’t have weekends,” she said. “The longest we were sailing was 12 days when we went from Hawaii to Japan, and the shortest was two days when we went from Japan to China.”Newell said as long as students discuss their plans to study abroad with the Registrar Office, their classes can count toward Saint Mary’s credits. Classes cover a range of topics, such as economics, art history, world diplomacy, photography, literature, anthropology, oceanography and religion, she said.“When we’re on the ship, we study what country we’re going to,” she said. “So in my business economics class, we would talk about the economy of whichever country we were traveling to.”Students have the option to either pay extra to take classes once the boat docks in a country or to travel independently. However, even if the students opt to travel independently, they must attend at least one field lab while they’re visiting a country. Newell said her art history class met with an artist in Vietnam. Professors, like students, must also apply to teach for a semester on the ship. Marshall, a marketing major who studied abroad in the fall of 2015, said most of the professors were from the U.S., but some were from other countries. “All of the professors were from prestigious schools,” she said. “I had professors from Yale and Harvard, which is something I wouldn’t be able to experience anywhere else.”Newell said the community feeling on the ship was unique because of how close the students live to the faculty.“When you’re living in close quarters with everyone, you get to know everyone really well,”  Newell said. “You don’t just see your teachers in a professional setting. You see them all over the ship, even walking down the hall in their PJs.”The ship was equipped with a gym, pool, a theater where students could attend talks or performances and multiple dining halls. Marshall said the ship was similar to the one in the movie Titanic.“We were lucky that our boat was a new boat,” Marshall said. “It had a Titanic vibe. Everything was elegant and decorative and kind of old-fashioned.”The ship also had no phone service and no internet for the students. Theisen, who studied abroad with Marshall, said this aspect of the ship made the experience more authentic.“Because you couldn’t rely on your phone, you were forced to listen and learn.” Theisen said. “When we went abroad, it was around the time of the Paris attacks, so it was interesting to see people’s perspectives from around the world. I grew and learned so much from the people around me.”Marshall said she made some of her best friends on the ship. “The relationships I made with other students on the ship aren’t even comparable with any of my other relationships,” Marshall said. “You build this inseparable bond with the people you travel with, even though they start out to be complete strangers.”Newell was the only Saint Mary’s student on her voyage, but she said it was worth pushing herself outside of her comfort zone for the experience. One of the greatest experiences she had was on her trip to Myanmar, she said. “We took a hot air balloon and flew over a bunch of pagodas and temples at sunrise,” Newell said. “I went to a little town that most tourists don’t go to. We met a family while we were there, and we stayed with them over night. It was such a different experience.”Students are able to travel to places such as the United Kingdom, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Japan, Hawaii, Vietnam, Burma, India, Malaysia and Myanmar, Marshall said.Marshall said one of the highlights from her trip was riding on camels in the Sahara Desert and sleeping in hammocks on the Amazon River. “Semester at Sea offers you the option to explore so many different places,” Marshall said. “I would have never chosen to go to Senegal, but that was probably one of my favorite places to go to. Every country was so amazing.” Theisen said one of the biggest advantages of studying abroad on the ship was the personal growth it offered.“It was a huge learning experience,” Theisen said. “In some places, you were surrounded by poverty, and a lot of people chose not to get off the ship. “There were times when people would swarm you begging for money, and I had never experienced anything like that. Those situations can be uncomfortable, but that’s when you grow.”Marshall said she would recommend Semester at Sea to anyone. “It pushes you to go outside of your comfort zone by spending time on a boat with a bunch of strangers and traveling to different parts of the world I could have never imagined going to,” Marshall said. “It has definitely helped to shape me into the better person I am today.”Tags: center for women’s intercultural leadership, semester at sea, study abroadlast_img read more

NSRI Moves to Branch Out with New Board Members

first_imgThe National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has elected two new board members as it looks to expand its capabilities in the growing renewables, mining, defence and aquaculture sectors.Following a strategic review, NSRI identified the need to restructure in order to reflect the global energy transition.Although still heavily focused on the oil and gas market, the organisation will be looking to enhance its offerings to better support other offshore sectors.Simon Cheeseman, of the ORE Catapult and Claus Hjoerringgaard of Wood Clean Energy have joined the board of NSRI to support the organisation’s plans to support UK companies break into multiple energy markets.Under the leadership of NSRI chairman, Peter Blake, the newly elected board members should ensure the organisation continues to foster strong links with the UK supply chain and academia to address the technology needs of the current and future energy mix.Blake, commented: “With our new board in place, our main focus for 2018 is to ensure that we continue to help companies and developers overcome the barriers of diversification to make their mark in the wider offshore sector. While oil and gas is likely to hold strong and dominate the global energy supply for years to come, subsea companies also need to look at how they can adapt and expand their presence across multiple markets.”last_img read more

Wisconsin soccer eyes revenge against in-state rival

first_imgAs the old adage goes, “Familiarity breeds contempt,” and that will surely be the case Wednesday night when the Wisconsin men’s soccer team takes to the pitch against in-state rival UW-Green Bay.Although the Phoenix (2-8-3, 0-3-2 Horizon League) have had a relatively subpar season to this point, their record will be insignificant when the opening whistle blows. Not only is the game an in-state rivalry, but many of the players from both teams know one another, which should contribute to a highly competitive atmosphere and game according to UW head coach John Trask.“They’re going to play much better than their record, and that’s what happens when you play in-state rivalry games,” Trask said. “There’s a lot of kids that our players know on their team and they know on our team. It makes for a good, tough environment to play in for our guys.”The Badgers (4-6-3, 1-2-0 Big Ten) have already played two in-state rivalry games this season against Marquette and UW-Milwaukee, and although Wisconsin lost both games, they were one-goal decisions that went down to the wire. Wednesday’s game against Green Bay should figure to be much of the same, but the Badgers will hope for a much different outcome this time. Adding to the rivalry is the fact Wisconsin lost to Green Bay late in the season last year, which was a critical blow to its chances of making the NCAA tournament. That defeat has junior forward Chris Prince and the rest of the Badgers excited for the chance to take revenge on the Phoenix, as well as earning bragging rights in this year’s edition of the rivalry.“We didn’t come away with the Milwaukee win and last year Green Bay actually beat us at their place, so I know all the guys are fired up,” Prince said. “It’s kind of a payback match, and we just have to play like we did against Michigan [Saturday] and come out and want it bad enough.”The importance of tonight’s game is not just related to the idea that it is a rivalry; it also has large implications for the rest of Wisconsin’s season. Considering the Badgers are two games below .500 with only five games left in the regular season, every game left is essentially a must-win for UW to have a chance at making the NCAA tournament.For Wisconsin to win out the rest of the season and make the NCAA tournament, it will have to develop some momentum, and with its win against Michigan Saturday, the team has a start on that. Defender Kyle McCrudden said he believes tonight’s game is probably one of the biggest games of the season because it offers Wisconsin the opportunity to build on that momentum as well as form its first winning streak of the season.“At this point in our season it’s probably one of our biggest games, if not the biggest game, just to get two wins in a row under our belt and really get some momentum going forward,” McCrudden said. “So I think this game is obviously huge and if we can get a win [today] that’ll just help us go into the weekend against Michigan State.”As for the game itself, it should prove to be mostly a defensive battle, as both squads are hardly prolific scoring teams.On paper, the Badgers have a slight advantage on both sides of the field, and if there is a weakness they can capitalize on, it is at the offensive end, which is Green Bay’s biggest weakness. The Phoenix allow an average of two goals per game, but with Wisconsin’s struggles on offense this year, the Badgers are focused on defense first. Moreover, UW is not concerning itself with Green Bay’s weaknesses but instead on its own play and continuing the style that has led to the team’s success.“I think we’re just going to do what we have normally done,” Prince said. “Just be strong defensively and get turnovers in their half, which will lead to a good offense for us.”Regardless of Green Bay’s record or statistics, tonight’s game will be played out on the field and not on paper. Taking into mind the familiarity between the teams, the in-state rivalry, and the bitter loss Wisconsin suffered last season, there will be no shortage of competition, and the end result should prove to be hotly contested.“They beat us last year up at their place, and they’re going to be spitting fire tomorrow,” Trask said. “They’re going to want to play well down here in Madison, and the field’s going to be in great shape; it’s going to be a great night for a soccer game.”last_img read more