By Dr. Sharon A. Aiken-Wisniewski
Are you a new graduate student at The University of Utah? Welcome to our campus! I remember my first days of my graduate program. Some of the best advice I received was to connect with people from across the campus to build my network and utilize resources that support my goals. Based on these tips, I found that this institution has a vibrant community that is eager to support graduate student success. Now that you are settled into your classes, let me share some additional tips that will contribute to accomplishing your goals.
The University of Utah has a number of libraries located throughout the campus. It is important to familiarize yourself with the wide range of resources that are offered at each location. In addition to traditional library services, you will find workshops on software solutions for research, space dedicated just for graduate students, and resources for all aspects of scholarly writing. Each college has a dedicated librarian who is eager to assist you with your projects. Check out all the options here: http://www.utah.edu/libraries/index.php
If you have not secured your U of U ID Card, please take the time to do this activity. Your institutional ID is critical for many campus activities, such as the borrowing library resources. Here’s how to acquire your ID: http://www.ucard.utah.edu/
Another great resource, which complements your home department and college is the Graduate School. A variety of general services are provided from travel assistance awards for conference presentations to forms that address academic policy to information on assistantships and fellowships. The Graduate School works collaboratively with your department and college to guide you through your academic program to the point of graduation. You can familiarize yourself with services and activities at this site: http://gradschool.utah.edu/current-students/
Finally, connect with the campus, college, and department websites, The Daily Chronicle, and various social media platforms for information on campus events and venues that nurture the whole person. And, don’t forget to check-out the recently opened Student Life Center for a variety of health and wellness activities that address personal fitness needs. Music, theater, athletics, and stimulating speakers are just a few of the many opportunities that await you during your graduate education at The University of Utah!