Effectiveness and Purpose

Devise time management, wellness, and goal-setting strategies to achieve personal and professional goals.

There are several resources online that are designed to help you get to know Gainesville and UF.

You can also find out more about Gainesville on the following websites:

Taking care of yourself mentally by devising appropriate wellness strategies is fundamental for your overall health and ability to continue to succeed in your graduate program.

  • Gator Well focuses on preventative measures to help you plan and implement wellness strategies 
  • U Matter, We Care is another resource for any concern you may be having personally or academically
  • The Care Team is an office within the Dean of Students office that was created to care for every single individual that walks through this campus. The Care Area consists of many different resources, facilities. and success plans to allow every person to feel a part of this University of Florida community.
  • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers students who are also employees of the university (research or teaching assistantships) up to 6 free counseling sessions each year. The EAP also hosts helpful guides on various topics for mental wellness. 
  • Talkspace is a counseling app in which you have access to a therapist via text (HIPPA compliant).
  • The Counseling and Wellness Center (HIPPA compliant) offers: 
  • UF Wellness and Healthy Gators Coalition host links to organizations on and off campus that address many areas of wellness, including mental health.

If you are living with a disability (physical or mental), the following resources may help in providing accommodations for school and work (including as a RA/TA).

Privacy- Title IX

  • Concerns that fall under Title IX (sexual harassment, stalking, sexual discrimination, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic abuse, and more) must be reported to the Office of Title IX Compliance when disclosed to anyone affiliated with UF (faculty, staff, and more).

Privacy- HIPPA

The campus organizations that offer the most amount of privacy are those that are HIPPA compliant.

Graduate Student Social Support Programs:

  • Office of Graduate Professional Development (OGPD) Writing Program
    • The OGPD Writing Program is offered every semester as a social support initiative that strives to create a peer support structure to (1) help students cope with feelings of isolation in the writing stage of their studies and (2) aid students in supporting each other in setting and reaching writing goals. Participants will need to be actively engaged in an academic writing project (thesis, dissertation, manuscript, qualifying exams, research papers, literature reviews, etc.) to be accepted into the program. Learn more on the .

Crisis Services- On Campus

If you need immediate assistance for mental health issues, please dial 911 for emergencies.

If you are in crisis and it is not an emergency, there are several resources for assistance:

  • The Counseling and Wellness Center provides crisis counseling to all students. To access these services you can:
    • Call the office at 352-392-1575
    • Walk-in to their 3190 Radio Road location
    • Walk-in to their location on the 4th floor of Peabody hall (near the Plaza of Americas).

Crisis Services- Off-Campus

Off-campus and not affiliated with UF:

Physical wellness is as important as mental wellness for success in graduate school. 

RecSports has many resources to aid in your physical fitness goals: 

GatorWell offers wellness coaching as well as workshops on topics such as:

  • alcohol and other drugs
  • interpersonal violence prevention
  • sleep management

UF Wellness and Healthy Gators Coalition host links to organizations on and off campus that address many areas of wellness, including physical health.

If you are having physical health concerns, please visit the Student Health Care Center (SHCC) in the Infirmary building at 280 Fletcher Drive. The SHCC offers many services including:

  • individual appointments
  • self-help resources
  • telephone consultations for urgent care
  • immunizations
  • lab services
  • sports medicine services
  • radiology services
  • a pharmacy that can bill your student account for prescriptions and other medical goods

An integral part of being a successful scholar and professional is the ability to communicate with, appreciate, and amplify the strengths and perspectives of people from diverse backgrounds. These include, but are not limited to:

  • preferred learning styles
  • race
  • ethnicity and culture
  • gender identity and expression
  • sexual orientation
  • disabilities
  • religion
  • age
  • socioeconomic background

Inclusion, diversity, equity, and access on-campus resources:

Completing your Individual Development Plan (IDP) will help you identify your goals in graduate education and plan your professional development during your training at UF to accomplish your career goals. The IDP page provides many helpful tips and resources to help you with this task.

Effective time management strategies are key to succeeding as a graduate student.

The Office of Student Financial Affairs offers multiple workshops a year to increase your financial literacy skills. Their website also has resources on:

  • budgeting
  • identity theft protection
  • financial tools

Human Resources hosts webinars on the topic of financial literary through the Financial Literacy and Retirement Education (FLARE) program. Classes include:

  • planning for financial security
  • sharpening investment skills
  • federal student loan forgiveness

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) hosts Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction which provides financial education for Adults and Young Adults. The training is self-directed and covers topics such as the basics of borrowing money wisely, using a spending plan to achieve financial goals, and how to use banking products effectively.

The University of Georgia also has resources on topics that are of importance to graduate students such as:

  • budgeting
  • building an outstanding credit record
  • taxes
  • student loans

SemesterWorkshop TitlePresenterRecordings, Transcripts, and Materials
Summer 2020  Effectively Coping with Writing Anxiety and Procrastination: Support for Students Writing Proposals, Comps, Articles, Theses, Quals, and Dissertations Dr. Alison Miller, The Dissertation Coach 

Writing Anxiety and Procrastination Workshop Recording

Writing Anxiety and Procrastination Workshop Transcript

Fall 2018  Financial Management: Now and Throughout Your Career Dr. Martin Gillen, UF FYCS  Financial Management Workshop Recording 
Spring 2019  Gen X to Gen Z: Navigating Generational Differences in the Workplace Dr. Lindsay Lynch, UF College of Education  Generational Differences Workshop Recording 
Summer 2020  Get Stuff Done: Taking Control of Your Time and Managing Leisure Guilt Amanda Catron, UF Office of Graduate Professional Development 

Get Stuff Done Workshop Recording

Get Stuff Done PPT

Get Stuff Done Workshop Transcript 

Fall 2020  Irreconcilable Differences: Living Academically Outside of Academia Dr. Djurdja Trajkovic, Reconstruction Women’s Fund 

Irreconcilable Differences Workshop Recording

Irreconcilable Differences Workshop Transcript

Summer 2020  Managing Public Speaking Anxiety Dr. Diana Nagy, UF Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication  

Public Speaking Workshop Recording

Public Speaking PPT

Public Speaking Workshop Transcript 

Fall 2018  More than Brains on Sticks: Staying Well in Graduate School Dr. Stephani Jahn, UF Counseling and Wellness Center  Staying Well Workshop Recording 
Fall 2020  My World is Not My Doctoral Program: Re-Imagining Balance During Graduate School Dr. Cliff Haynes, UF College of Education 

My World Workshop Recording

My World PPT

My World Workshop Transcript 

Fall 2021 Resources to Develop Professional Skills in Graduate School Dr. Talline Martins & Amanda Catron, UF Office of Graduate Professional Development

Develop Professional Skills Workshop Recording

Develop Professional Skills Workshop PPT

Develop Professional Skills Workshop Transcript

Fall 2020  Starting Off Right: How to Make the Most Out of Graduate School Dr. Talline Martins, UF Office of Graduate Professional Development 

Starting Off Right Workshop Recording

Starting Off Right PPT

Starting Off Right Workshop Transcript 

Spring 2021  Stress and Anxiety Management Dr. Brianna Kane and Morgan Hagstrom, UF College of Education 

Stress Management Workshop Recording

Stress Management PDF

Stress Management Workshop Transcript 

Additional Resources for Stress Management

Summer 2020  Taking a Gator Chomp Out of Social Anxiety Dr. Brian A. Zaboski, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University 

Social Anxiety Workshop Recording

Social Anxiety PPT

Social Anxiety Workshop Transcript 

Summer 2020  Test Anxiety: Classes, Comps, and Quals Dr. Rosa West, UF Counseling and Wellness Center 

Test Anxiety Workshop Recording

Test Anxiety PPT

Test Anxiety Workshop Transcript 

Spring 2021  Tips, Tools, and Resources for Managing Your Finances and Making Informed Financial Decisions Dr. Martin Gillen, UF FYCS  

Managing Your Finances Workshop Recording

Managing Your Finances PPT

Managing Your Finances Workshop Transcript 

Summer 2020  When to Ask for Help- DRC Resources Beth Roland, UF Disability Resource Center  

DRC Resources Workshop Recording

DRC Workshop PPT

DRC Resources Workshop Transcript 

Fall 2021 Working on Wellness: An Ongoing Journey Jennifer Kennymore, MPH, CHES, CWHC, GatorWell

Working on Wellness Workshop Recording

Working on Wellness PPT

Working on Wellness Workshop Transcript

Course TitleCourse NumberDepartmentCourse DescriptionInstructor
Graduate School Survival Skills GLY 6932 Geological Sciences Lectures, conferences, or laboratory sessions covering selected topics of current interest in modern geology.  
Creativity Applied IND 6939 Interior Design Examines creativity theory and research applied to interior design and allied fields by considering what constitutes an innovative organizational culture, product and process breakthroughs including the role of failure in the discovery process.