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Join us May 26-29, 2020 for our annual Invest in Your Success Symposium, Summer Edition.
This year, we are offering the symposium virtually over four days. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can register for one or more sessions. You can also register to receive access to recordings if you are not able to attend live. To register, go to go.umd.edu/gs-ss-2020
Overcoming Procrastination: How to Get Started When You're Stuck
Presenter: Dr. Noah Collins
Tuesday, May 26 10-11:30am
Graduate students frequently identify procrastination--putting off something that is in our best interest to do-- as a concern. Often when we are stuck, we get into a cycle of conflicts between different parts of ourselves. In this workshop, presented by Dr. Noah Collins of the UMD Counseling Center, you'll learn how to identify the patterns that result in procrastination and discover ways to get out of it.
Dr. Noah Collins is a senior staff psychologist and member of the primary training staff at the UMD Counseling Center; he is also Affiliate Faculty in the Counseling Psychology program. His areas of expertise include multicultural counseling, racial and cultural awareness and competence, supervision and training.
Setting Your Goals for Summer
Presenter: Dr. Marquita Qualls
Wednesday, May 27 10-11:30am
Summer is an optimal time to reassess needs, reimagine your ethos, and mentally prepare to successfully achieve your goals. Graduate students are facing a difficult time right now. Quickly transitioning to digital platforms, managing unforeseen stressors, and facing uncertain career prospects challenge day-to-day planning and organizing. Now more than ever, it will be vital for graduate students to adopt planning strategies and set goals. Certified professional coach Dr. Marquita Qualls leads this goal setting session to help you plan, organize, and manage resources to deliver successful completion of defined goals during this moment of crisis.
Marquita M. Qualls, PhD, also known as "Dr. Q," has over 20 years of leadership experience in consulting, coaching, and motivating people who want to produce order out of their chaos. She commands a masterful understanding of the interpersonal skills needed to thrive. Her technical side drives an ability to gather perspectives and analyze feedback, while at the same time connecting with clients and guiding them towards achieving results. Dr. Qualls is the founder of entropia Consulting and is also the Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs for the GEM Consortium.
Ways to Write Well This Summer
Presenter: Dr. Linda Macri
Thursday, May 28 10-11:30am
Anxious about the writing you need to accomplish this summer -- or about writing in general? In this session, you'll learn about the ways the Graduate School Writing Center is available to support your writing this summer -- from consultations to retreats to workshops – and, most importantly, you'll learn how writing could be a source of wellness instead of anxiety.
Stay Calm and Carry On: How to Maintain Your Career & Professional Momentum During COVID-19
Presenter: Dr. Susan Martin
Friday, May 29 10-11:30am
This summer is a great time to (re)focus on your career and professional development. Let's explore together what you can do during COVID-19. We will begin with a quick assessment to uncover areas on which you might expand your "career toolkit". Attendees will learn how to leverage online career tools and strategies that work. You will leave this session with "realistic optimism" about your career options and/or job search.