Holidays and Family Visits

Originally posted on PhD Balance social media platforms on 09/06/2020.


Graduate school is exhausting.


Juggling coursework, research, TA positions and other academic and personal responsibilities take a toll on our mental and physical health.


Picture of a group of adults and children standing on a row in the beach, either holding hands or standing together facing the sea and sun set with their backs to the camera.

It's essential we take time each year to disconnect from our studies and recharge. Taking time off to care for ourselves enables us to return to our studies rejuvenated and in the right mindset to work towards graduation.


Though we know it's necessary to take a break (or two or ten) throughout the year to connect with friends and family or just spend time pursuing a passion, finding the means to do so can be a difficult task. Many departments don't have formal vacation policies for students, but even if yours does, navigating this conversation with your mentor can be difficult. Traveling also typically requires extra money, which can be hard to come by as a graduate student.


Join the Stronger Together community this month to navigate taking time for yourself. This week’s module will explore the hesitations you have around holiday vacations and family visits. You’ll also navigate work-life balance so you don’t feel so attached to your work during your time off, allowing you to be more present with your loved ones.

Sign up to our Stronger Together section here to take part in this week's module: Personal Vacations.


Join our weekly module discussion on our Discord server this Thursday (09/10) at 12 pm ET! (Join here!)