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Approaching Conferences as a Stress Management Event

Joseph R. Miller, Ph.D. Student, University of Maine

Graduate school often seems to be designed to create the same level of stress I experienced in military training. Years of work can appear to fall by the wayside because of flat performances at the comprehensive examination orals, the “necessary” presentation at a national level academic conference, dissertation defense, and subsequent job talks. It is often difficult negotiating challenges that create unintentionally excessive hurdles for students who have more trouble managing stress. The academic conference has been especially difficult for me, so I have developed coping strategies and treat conferences as a stress management event. Granted, my struggles with PTSD make handling stressful situations like conferences more arduous than the typical graduate student’s experience, but I hope my methods will be useful for other students. Read More.


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