- 30. Grad School Femtoring
Self care is important but we can't do it all on our own. This episode of the Grad Girl Wellness podcast features, Dra. Yvette Martínez-Vu, a first generation, Chicana, mother scholar and academic coach. She shares how her experiences as a graduate student inspired her to be a resource for first generation students of color as they navigate the graduate school application process and beyond! On this episode you'll hear:
- The importance of finding the right type of mentor for you
- Tips on how to find a femtor
- Insight on Dra. Yvette's forthcoming co-authored book "The Grad School Femtoring Guide"
To learn more about Grad School Femtoring visit www.gradschoolfemtoring.com, @gradschoolfemtoring (IG & Facebook), @gradfemtoring (Twitter)31m | Oct 27, 2022
- 29. From PhD to Postdoc
On this special Wellness Reset edition of the Grad Girl Wellness podcast, we sit down with Dr. Jennifer Bourgeois who will be a featured panelist and the yoga instructor for the retreat happening October 8 at 12 pm EST. Dr. Bourgeois is a "Pandemic PhD" who earned her doctorate in Administration of Justice in 2021. She is currently a professor, postdoctoral fellow and yoga instructor. Through her work with Pages & Poses LLC., she melds her passions for wellness and supporting individuals impacted by the criminal legal system. On this episode we discuss:
- The parallels between a wellness and academic journey
- The difference between being a PhD student and a postdoc
- Gaining real-world experience prior to pursuing a PhD
To find out more about Dr. Bourgeois you can follow her on Instagram @jennwith2ns_yogi and on her website www.pagesandposes.com25m | Oct 7, 2022
- 28. A Grad Romance Pt. 2
What happens when dissertation writing and romance collide? On this episode of the Grad Girl Wellness podcast, we continue our conversation about romantic relationships. Wynta, our featured guest, is currently a first year PhD student in clinical psychology but has been known to wear many hats as a researcher, lecturer and, stress coach. Some key points she shares about relationships as a grad student include:
- Time management while in a relationship
- Co-habitation and working from home during the pandemic
- The emotional impact of a breakup while trying to finish your degree
Wynta's transparency on this episode is truly invaluable for anyone listening no matter their relationship status. Feel free to give her a follow on Instagram at @wyntaworthwhile52m | Sep 9, 2022
- 27. A Grad Romance
Love is in the air. On this episode, we talk to Dr. Christina, a recently minted PhD in American studies. She shares her reflections and authentic advice on what it's like to date while in graduate school. Some of the topics we cover include:
- identifying the place of romantic relationships in our life and how the prioritization of relationships changes throughout grad school
- the pros and cons of dating someone who is also a student
- the importance of therapy in helping you to conceptualize how to date and why you approach dating the way you do
- grieving while also attending to academic commitments
All in all, this episode is a reminder for folks to seriously consider therapy as a way to help you make sense of your dating approach. Dr. Christina suggests the directory provided by therapyforblackgirls.com to help you find a provider.
To stay connected, you can find Dr. Christina at csessoms3 on Instagram and Christina Sessoms on Linked In48m | Jul 21, 2022
- 26. The Mindful Phd Journal
Add this to your book list! Danielle, a Second year PhD Student in Microbiology and Immunology, created an interactive mindfulness journal for students! The Mindful PhD journal was reviewed by licensed therapists, and is filled with reflective prompts, peer reviewed literature, meditations, quotes, and affirmations.
On the show, Danielle talks about how her postbacc prepared her for prioritizing wellness during the PhD, and why she is inspired to change the culture of academia by prioritizing wellness on a structural level. She goes in depth on:
- the importance of 'grad'itude
- how to practice micro moments of mindfulness
- how to use the journal throughout grad school
The Mindful PhD journal was birthed from a desire to help students develop: 1) their “why” and 2) a wellness toolkit. In spite of the name, the journal can be useful for not just PhD students but also those in Master’s and professional programs. To purchase the journal for only $24, go to www.infinitegraditude.com. You can find out more about Danielle at dani.renee_(instagram) and dani_renee_ (Twitter).25m | Jun 29, 2022
- 25. The Body Keeps the Score
In a recent Instagram poll of the GGW community, 93% of 120 respondents shared that their health had been negatively impacted while in grad school. This was prompted by a highly popular post by @becomingadoctora, a soon to be PhD in school psychology who developed a number of physical health issues including migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome all while pursuing graduate studies.
On this episode we discuss:
- The interconnection between physical and mental health
- Going to therapy
- Being mindful of reoccurring symptoms
- Changing your mindset around what you have time for
- How to crate healthy habits throughout the duration of grad school
In short, this episode is a PSA to schedule your doctor appointments the same way that you schedule school assignments.
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- 24. Dissertation Questions Answered
This episode is a long awaited response to the top 5 questions I received about writing a dissertation. After this very long 2 year process, I can finally take a step back to talk about the highs and lows of dissertation writing. The reflections I share are also applicable to folks working on a thesis or a capstone. On this episode, I cover the following questions with one bonus!
- What was my writing process?
- What is a realistic timeline?
- What setbacks did you encounter?
- How can a first year student prepare themselves for the dissertation writing experience?
- What are the things that no one warned you about?
Also, be on the look out for upcoming information about this year’s 30 miles in 30 day challenge. This year will be even better with prizes, a private community and even an in person meet up!17m | May 13, 2022
- 23. Grief in Grad School
On this episode, we talk with Cydnee aka @naturallyclarke, a third year doctoral candidate in Global Leadership and Change, about grief in graduate school. This is a topic many of us have experienced but for which there is little data. While there are studies about the experiences of undergraduates, there is scarce information about graduate students as a whole and even less about underrepresented groups within the grad student population.
On this episode, we discuss:
-What we want from institutions
-What we can do as graduate students to support one another.
-Tips on how to advocate for yourself to your institutions
Varga, MA. A Quantitative Study of Graduate Student Grief Experiences. Illness, Crisis & Loss. 2016;24(3):170-186.
Varga Mary Alice, Bordere TC, Varga MD. The Holistic Grief Effects of Bereaved Black Female College Students. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying. December 2020.
Varga, MA.; McClam, T.; Hassane, S. Grief Experiences Among Female American and Arab Undergraduate College Students. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, [s. l.], v. 72, n. 2, p. 165–183, 2015.36m | Feb 11, 2022
- 22. Grad Student Style
Have you been thinking about how to revamp your wardrobe for the new year? If so, this episode with Tiffany, a recent PhD in Education and the founder of Policy and Fashion, is just right for you!
On this episode we cover:
- The importance of image as a student and instructor
- Shopping basics while on a grad student budget
- How to determine your individual style
Head over to policy and fashion to download Tiffany's 'Wardrobe Checklist'. She will soon be offering style consultations, so reach out to ensure that your headshots, graduation photos, etc. represent you properly.
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- 21. Sustainable Productivity
Need to change your approach to writing? On this latest installment of the Grad Girl Wellness podcast, we sit down with the founder and owner of The Dissertation Coach, Dr. Alison Miller, along with a fellow dissertation consultant, Dr. Rowena Robles to talk about sustainable productivity in the lives of grad students.
Writing long texts can feel like being in a constant state of uncertainty, which is why Alison and Rowena use the concept of sustainable productivity to help us sooth our nervous systems and produce work that we can truly honor. Listen to this if you want to learn more about:
- 4 step process of sustainable productivity
- The role of faith in writing
- How to break down the dissertation into manageable tasks
Doing this alone can be daunting, which is why The Academic Writers' Space (TAWS) exists. TAWS is a virtual co-working community based on kindness and accountability. The first week is free! Find out more about the Dissertation Coach and TAWS at www.thedissertationcoach.com51m | Dec 3, 2021
- 20. The Art of Journaling
Have you been thinking about incorporating journaling into your wellness practice but don’t know where to start? If so, this episode is for you. We talk with Rikhi, a Singaporean-Indian international "covid graduate student" pursuing an MA in Aerospace Engineering. On the show, she talks about how meditation and putting pen to paper has helped change her relationship to academic work and improved her overall quality of life.
Listen for tips:
-How to adapt journal prompts to your life
-Suggestions on different journaling methods like: gratitude, manifestation, future self, the Mimi method, 5 minute journal, etc.
-Where to buy journals
Rikhi’s Blog Post on Morning Routine: https://www.a-balancing-act.com/single-post/2020-master-list-on-maintaining-perspective
Contact Rikhi at:
Website: Rikhiroy.com33m | Nov 16, 2021
- 19. Being a Gradpreneur
Have you ever considered starting a business in graduate school? If so, then this episode is for you. Danielle is a 6th year PhD student and co-founder of Lil Labmates, an environmentally sustainable company that produces stem themed developmental baby toys. On this episode we talk about how childbirth and the pandemic gave her the inspiration, the parallels between grad school (ie. You will fail and you will learn; seeking out support) and also about how knowing yourself and your triggers will be an asset to you as you embark on the entrepreneurship journey.
We address all of these questions and more:
Why is starting a business in grad school opportune?
What does self-care have to do with it?
What to do when you fail?
Find out more by visiting www.lillabmates.com and Instagram and TikTok @Lil_Labmates36m | Oct 22, 2021
- 18. Boundaries with Professors
Let’s normalize saying “no” to professors. This is the quote that got a lot of the Grad Girl Wellness community members talking, so we brought in Dr. Deborah of Your Postgrad Buddies to chat about her experiences with wellness and establishing boundaries with professors. She provides insights from her time as a student and now as a lecturer.
Some major talking points include:
-Determining what you are willing to sacrifice
If you are struggling with how to approach a professor/advisor, this is definitely the podcast episode for you. Find out more about Dr. Deborah at IG: @yourpostgradbuddies and/or email her using email@example.com | Aug 17, 2021
- 17. Feeling Like an Imposter?
Feeling like an imposter? You're not alone. Imposter syndrome is something that a lot of students experience, On this episode, we speak with Kene a second year Masters in Public Helath student studying health policy and management. She shares her experiences with imposter syndrome particularly how it showed up while taking classes in a remote environment and with students at various levels in their academic career. Kene gives us great tips on how community, journaling and focusing on the facts can all be utilized to help us manage feelings of inadequacy when they arise.
Find out more about Kene and all the great work she's doing on Instagram @pennekene20m | Jul 26, 2021
- 16. Dance as Therapy
Did you know that dancing it out could be therapeutic? On this episode of the GGW podcast, we talk to Ambrie of @ambrie_creative who is a grad student working towards licensure in Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) and professional counseling. She gives us the basics of DMT, its benefits and how graduate students can realistically incorporate it into their wellness practice.
Ambrie is passionate about collaboration and intentional about creating more space to talk about mental health in the Latinx community. Feel free to reach out to her on IG/ Tiktok (ambrie_creative) or via email( firstname.lastname@example.org)!18m | Jun 27, 2021
- 15. Doctoral Mom Inc.
On this episode, we talk to Brittne, a recently minted PhD, proud mother of 3, and founder of Doctoral Mom Incorporated. Her organization was birthed out of her own experiences in grad school and now supports over 3,800 Doctoral Moms around the world providing a vibrant community and even scholarships.
We touch on a range of topics including: the importance of having understanding faculty, addressing the stigma against having children in grad school and how to effectively ask for help.
Find out more information here:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doctoralmom/24m | Jun 8, 2021
- 14. Nailed It
This is the beauty episode you’ve been waiting for! On this edition of the podcast, we talk to Sharana aka “The Manicured Scientist,” a recent graduate with her M.S. in Forensic Toxicology who blends her love for forensic science and beauty. She is redefining what a scientist looks like one manicure at a time. Sharana talks about the benefits of working in between undergrad and grad school and how those years provided useful skills for prioritizing her self care. As our resident beauty expert, she breaks down the science of nail care and gives us some great tips on how to have fly nails on a grad school budget.
Some of her must haves include: Practice, Nail File (glass), Quality Base Coat, Nail Oil, Nail Polish Thinner
She also recommends some great brands to check out including:
Zoya Nail Polish (zoyanailpolish)
Triple O Nail Polish (ooopolish)
You can follow Sharana through these accounts:
YouTube: Sharana Darcel
Website: www.sharanadarcel.com34m | May 24, 2021
- 13. Black Mom PhD
On this episode, we talk to Brittny, a fifth year doctoral candidate in Health Studies and creator of Black Mom PhD. She shares her experiences in grad school and what it's like taking on a number of new roles one of which included becoming a mother.
In the spirit of community, Brittny graciously answers listener questions including: When is the best time to to have a child? How do you find time for sleep? Is it reasonable to work full time and be a mother in a PhD program?
There truly is something for everyone on this episode! For those who are looking for community with other moms in grad school or are just interested in knowing more about what the experience is like, be sure to follow her page!34m | May 11, 2021
- 12. Weight Room Reflections
On this episode of the GGW Podcast, we talk to Breyonnah, a first year doctor of health student studying the maternal mortality rates of Black women. She shares how her early familial influences lead her to use working out as an outlet and how it is sustaining her as a graduate student. Breyonnah also provides tips on time management, finding a trainer and building a community through weightlifting.
She has a body building competition coming up soon, so send all positive vibes her way!
Use the code "GRADGIRL" for a discount to attend Career Day hosted by @thefinancialdiet on May 15th!
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- 11. Creative Community
Calling all creatives! In this episode, I sit down with Amira who is a Scotland-based PhD student studying sustainable fashion. We talk about her evolving relationship with self-care, her passion for art and how the pandemic led her to create a signature event called "Create and Sip" to bring together creatives of all types for community and conversation. To find out more about Amira and her event, you can find her on Instagram @amiramonaie and at
sustain-table.com!21m | Apr 19, 2021