Getting a good start on spring semester

Patrick S. Osmer — January 03, 2013

Pat Osmer

Welcome back! I hope you are refreshed by your holiday break and were able to spend time with friends and family.

I want to share a few observations with you now that we’re starting Ohio State’s first “spring” semester. This semester is long, and it runs through the winter months until the end of April.

The start of each semester requires a lot from graduate students, and I want to remind you to pace yourself. Many of you are busy fulfilling your responsibilities as fellows, GTAs, GRAs, or GAAs. Research and writing activities also require your attention. Many of you have families. All of you have degree requirements and program expectations that you need to satisfy. All of this requires focus, time management, and planning.

At the same time, with so many activities, it’s extremely important that you take care of yourself. Take advantage of the resources on campus that support your needs.  Get in some exercise, take in a recital, explore Columbus, and get outside and enjoy the snow. The Counseling and Consultation Service is also available to you to help address concerns that may be keeping you from being at your best. Taking care of yourself and your needs will help your overall well-being and productivity.

If you can’t find what you need, please let us know and we’ll help. Best wishes for a healthy and productive spring semester.




Patrick S. Osmer is vice provost of graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School at Ohio State. He is also a recent past chair of the board of directors for the Council of Graduate Schools. Osmer was chair of the Ohio State astronomy department from 1993-2006.


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