Resource Extravaganza: Maximizing Your Winter Break with Graduate Center Resources

Nov. 22, 2023
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Midterms are done, Halloween has come and gone, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and it is at this phase of the semester that we graduate students start counting down to finals and a well-deserved pause from our academic pursuits. However, some wish to make the most of their time off. The good news is that even when offices go empty and campus streets silent, the Graduate Center still offers resources and opportunities to explore. Though our physical offices may be closed, our digital doors remain wide open. In this article, we'll take you through the array of resources available to you during the winter break. 

Professional Development Opportunities

During the hustle and bustle of the semester, I often find myself not having enough time to go through the myriad of professional development resources I know are available to me. Join me in exploring what the Graduate Center has to offer over the winter break when things calm down a bit. Focusing on professional development strengthens your skills, enhances your academic success, and gives you a competitive edge in the job market. On this page of our website, you’ll find resources for Collaboration, Financial Education, Mentoring, and Wellness. Check out all these resources to find what works for you.


Finances can be a major strain in the life of a graduate student. As one semester wraps up, you may be wondering how you will cover your tuition, research, and personal expenses for the upcoming semester. The winter break is the perfect opportunity to make headway on securing funding for the future. Our online platform provides access to funding databases, workshops on funding and grant writing, and support for identifying external funding sources. You can make significant strides in your funding efforts over winter, ensuring that you're well-prepared when the new semester begins.

Writing and Communication Support

Are you struggling with planning, drafting, organizing, or completing a thesis, dissertation, or research paper? The Graduate Center's writing support services have online resources. After using these, you can submit your work to our team of trained tutors and writing specialists once the spring semester starts and receive constructive feedback on your academic work, from discussion posts to full papers. Whether you're aiming for publication or simply want to refine your writing skills, our team is here to help. Don't let your writing projects hibernate during the break; make them thrive with our support. 

Career Services

Whether you need guidance on job searching, networking, or interview strategies, our online career resources are readily available. On this page, you can assess your interests, values, goals, strengths, weaknesses, and temperament. The Graduate Center’s career services team can help you identify the components of your graduate education you enjoy, the diverse careers associated with those experiences, and what you are looking for in an employer. You can also learn more about connecting with other professionals, build skills, and get guidance on applying for jobs. Whether you're aiming for an academic career, a position in the corporate world, or a job in the nonprofit sector, our resources cater to a diverse range of career goals.

Wellness and Self-Care

The winter break is the perfect occasion to focus on your well-being. With resources dedicated to wellness and self-care, we want to ensure that your mental and physical health remains a priority. Our resources and those from relevant campus partners will teach you about stress management, mindfulness, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. A refreshed mind and body will help you return to your academic pursuits with renewed vigor. 


As you gear up for winter break, remember that your professional growth doesn't have to pause. The Graduate Center's resources are available year-round to empower you with the tools and support you need to thrive academically and professionally. Whether you want to focus on professional development, research advancement, writing improvement, self-care, or simply staying connected, we're here to assist you. Make the most of your winter break by tapping into the wealth of resources we offer, and start the Spring semester with newfound skills and knowledge.

Enjoy your break, and let's make your academic and career goals a reality together.

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