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Peer Advisor Blog Posts

Peer advising provides non-academic advice and personal student perspectives about life and learning at MBKU in an informal way to all students in the first academic year. Peer advising is the student complement to academic advising provided by faculty advisors and University Student Affairs. New students will gain informed student perspective that is based on their Peer Advisor’s personal experience within their program, along with formal training.

Peer Advisors are students in the second academic year who are committed to academic excellence and student leadership. They show strong commitment to helping new students make the transition from undergraduates to informed, successful professional students who will be responsible for their academic goals and professional growth.

Peer Advice: Secret Life of Pets - Grad School Edition: Owning a Dog in Grad School

Grad school can be time consuming, causing us to be at school for long periods of time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make our furry friends comfortable at home while we’re gone.

Using my 10 years of experience working in veterinary medicine and many more years owning dogs, here are some tricks and tips for reducing their (and your) anxiety and stress while you’re gone.

Peer Advice: Dealing with Lab Proficiency Nerves

By now, you’ve all had your first lab proficiency, which means you’ve all felt that pre-proficiency anxiety.

Those proficiencies are going to keep coming, so I’ve put together a list of five things my class did (and is still doing) to reduce those nerves.

The first three fall under the category of building your confidence:

The first thing is the most obvious: practice. The labs are open all the time, so if a class is cancelled or dismissed early, take advantage. It’s great to go in on test day and have muscle memory take over.

Peer Advice: Being Kinder to Myself in Graduate School

You finally made it to the final stretch for the goal that you've been working so hard for the past few years: graduate school.

Is it easy? Or is it harder than you thought it would be? To me, graduate school is so different from undergrad, since there is a dense course load of relevant material to learn while you have a social life to balance outside of school.

Peer Advice: What to Do on Your Free Weekend Between Modules – PA Edition

The big question that runs through many student’s minds is: To relax or not to relax?!

There is no right or wrong answer to this question! It is a personal choice. However, the free weekend in between modules (at least for PA students) are there for a reason. It is a time to unwind and give your brain a much-needed break and reset. If you keep going full speed without any breaks the much-dreaded "burnout" rears its ugly head.