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Tara Kuther, Ph.D.

Achieving Balance

By September 21, 2005

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When we think of balance, we tend to think of balancing work and life -- or finding time for life. After all, in graduate school it's common to say that we "have no life." This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education advocates for a new way of considering balance: Harmony. What do you need to feel in harmony, in control of your life? Think about it. Sometimes the goals to which we strive in graduate school and afterwards are in direct conflict with our ability to achieve balance. "Balance... comes from your vital engagement in, and personal striving toward, goals that give your life a sense of meaning and purpose."

Now, how do you achieve balance? There are no easy answers, but these links will help

The Balancing Act: Negotiating Work and Family Demands in Graduate School

Finding Balance in Graduate School

Advice for Graduate Student Women

Gender, Work, Stress, and Health

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