Grad students help peers through REFS programs

March 21, 2012


Graduate students, especially at MIT, don’t have it easy. “As a grad student, most of the work you do is individual and unstructured,” says former MIT graduate student Patrick Schmid, who graduated in January. “There is a lot of stress, and everyone has different sets of issues.” In response to graduate student stress, a peer-to-peer, confidential support network is gaining momentum on campus. The Resources for Easing Friction and Stress, or REFS, programs serve as confidential, low-barrier resources for graduate students who seek support but prefer not to go through “official” channels.  Continue reading the article on MIT News. photo by Patricia Sampson

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