Kristen Railey

Department: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Boston, MA
GCF Position:GradLink/Programs for Graduate Student Support

As the graduate community fellow for Gradlink, I create content for the social media pages for the Office of Graduate Education. The purpose of Gradlink is to connect MIT graduate students to resources to keep students at their best physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. On a daily basis, I post about events on and off campus that grad students should know about, grad school humor, inspiring quotes, and shoutouts to students on their accomplishments.

Kristen creates social media content for the Office of Graduate Education, connecting graduate students with helpful resources.

How does your GCF project enhance the graduate student community?

Gradlink enhances the graduate community by boosting morale through humor and inspiring quotes. We reach students through the most popular social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. One of our most viral posts, that really resonated with the community was: “‘Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently’ Shout out to all the grad students who had setbacks in an experiment, exam, or paper this week, but brushed off the setback, learned from the experience, and tried again.”

What is your favorite part of working in your GCF position?

My favorite part of the GCF Gradlink position is finding fun content to share with my fellow grad students. I think you need a sense of humor to get through anything challenging in life, especially conquering a PhD!