July 15, 2014
With summer on the brain, the last thing that we want to be thinking about is school.  Summer vacation used to be something that we looked forward to at the end of each school year, but now with full time jobs, families and being a graduate student, there seems to be no time left to enjoy the summer.  Here are some tips to making your summer as a student more enjoyable while still being academic,courtesy of Laura B. McGrath from Michigan State:
  1. Write a manifesto - This will help you stay focused on what you're doing with your life, and also why you're doing it.  You can write what you hope to learn through your research, what your goals are, and how what you're doing fits into your career goals.  A really great example to refer to is The Expert Manifesto!
  2. Develop objectives - What do you want to accomplish by the end of the summer? Be specific and realistic.  Your manifesto is what you hope to learn, your objectives are all about what you hope to do.
  3. Make a syllabus - You already have a reading list, so why not take the time to create a syllabus for yourself.  With this tool, you can divide up your reading and assignments in order to give yourself a little bit more time to just relax!
  4. Write daily - If you develop a heavy-reading summer, it's important to have something to get all of your thoughts out with.  This will challenge your creative and intellectual processes and it will also be a nice thing to have at the end of the summer as a documentation of everything that you've accomplished!
  5. Stay organized - Prioritize, strategize and organize.  These are three words that are going to get you through some of those days where you feel like you just have too much on your plate.  By organizing yourself and holding yourself accountable for the things you need to accomplish, you'll be able to get more done in less time!
  6. Rest - Sometimes it's okay to leave academia to the side and relax a little!

We will add one additional tip.  Take advantage of all Boston has to offer. Check out The Boston Calendar for a listing of events.   


We hope you're enjoying your summer!

Did You Know?

Graduate students often wish to feel more 

connected to campus


5 Reasons to Visit the Student Center this Summer!

  1. Soak up the sun on the roof deck (2nd floor access)
  2. Bring your own mug to "On the Go" and get a coffee refill for only $1.49!
  3. Pick up awesome sunglasses from Off Campus Student Services (226 Curry Student Center)
  4. Raining? Come in and play a game of pool or ping pong with friends (1st floor game room)
  5. Tired of the Library? Study in the Indoor Quad or on a comfy couch on 2nd floor.
Snell Library News

 As you may know, Snell Library has individual studies on the upper floors which may be reserved by graduate students. The studies are highly valued, and often more graduate students want them than we can supply.

The library is looking for ways to increase graduate student access to the individual studies by creating flexible scheduling options to optimize their use and enable them to be shared.

The proposal for a Fall 2014 pilot is:  

* On level 4, keep the individual studies assigned to individual graduate students for the semester, as we have done in the past.

* On level 3, make individual studies available to graduate students for self-booking in NUSSO (the campus scheduling system used for group rooms) 

We are conducting a survey to help us determine which options will be most useful to graduate students:

The survey will remain open until July 28. For any questions, please contact Rhiannon McCarthy at . Thank you in advance for your feedback!  

Graduate Campuses
  Northeastern University-Seattle is thrilled to welcome a new staff member! Patrick Dunn, a middler at Northeastern's Boston campus, will be running NU-Seattle's social media accounts for the next six months, as his first co-op experience.  Patrick is a Communications Major with an Entrepreneurship Minor, and is eager to apply his education and unique skill set to the task of optimizing NU-Seattle's social media presence. Having never been to Seattle, he is excited to explore the city and make the most of this unique experience. Be sure to follow Patrick on Twitter, at @NU_Seattle, and like the Northeastern University-Seattle Facebook page!
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Dan Volchok
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(617) 373-5422
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Upcoming Events

Summester Keepin' it Cool

Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, and 23, 11:45 am 

Centennial Common

Swing by Centennial Common (rain location: CSC Indoor Quad) on Wednesdays between 11:45 AM and 1 PM.  Cool off with free ice cream and chill tunes! 


Summester Trips


Trip to Old Orchard Beach

July 18 10:00 AM


Trip to Provincetown

July 25 8:30 AM


Red Sox vs. Blue Jays

July 30 7:10 PM


Trip to Martha's Vineyard

August 1 8:30 AM


Blue Man Group

August 2 2:00 PM


Digital Scholarship Commons Discussions

Data and Data Representation Methods

July 16, 12:00 PM

211 Snell Library


Our Evolving Relationship with Technology

July 30, 12:00 PM

211 Snell Library

Additional information on the DSC website.


ISSI Summer Events

Revere Beach Sandcastle Festival

July 18, 10:00 AM

Meet in the Ell Hall Lobby


Summer in the City: Pizza Culture

July 24

Additional information on the ISSI Website;

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