Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Why do we love our grad students?  Not only are they some of the most talented and accomplished people we know, but they contribute to our community in so many ways, from student government to cultural organizations and as service volunteers. What’s not to love?

To honor our amazing grad students, MIT is very pleased to celebrate Graduate and Professional Students Appreciation Week during April 1 – 5, 2019.

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All week
Chocolate, stickers, & temporary tattoos. We’re giving away fun temporary tattoos and tasty chocolates, as well as GradLink stickers. Available at all Appreciation Week events, in your departmental headquarters, and at OGE headquarters (3-138).

Monday, April 1
Mondays in the Chapel,
12:30pm-1pm in the MIT Chapel. A time to pause and come together in community. Join for music, reflection, and inspiration on the current topic of authenticity.

Growth Mindset Workshop, 1:30pm-3:30pm in W20-PDR1. Learn about whether your views on intelligence and talent matter for academic success and growth with this workshop about evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, and motivation. Led by Dr. Lourdes Alemán. Light snacks provided. Sponsored by OGE and the Teaching and Learning Laboratory (T+LL).

Coffee Break with CAPD, 3pm-4pm in E17-294. Have a case of the Mondays? Inject some caffeine into your afternoon with coffee and light snacks. Sponsored by MIT Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD).

Tuesday, April 2
Guided Meditation and Self-care Session
, 1pm-2m in E23-385. This relaxing self-care session will include a guided meditation.  Sponsored by MIT Community Wellness. 

Paint Night, 6:30pm-9pm in Lobdell at the W20 Student Center. Learn to paint a picture, led by a professional instructor! Refreshments will be served at 6:30; painting from 7-9pm. Tickets $10. Sponsored by the International Students Office (ISO) and MIT Community Wellness, organized by the Graduate Student Council (GSC).

Wednesday, April 3
Goat yoga
, 11am-1pm in Building 18 lobby. Join a herd of adorable “fainting goats” for a memorable and unique yoga session! Limited yoga mats; bring your own or come early.
Session 1: 11am-12pm
Session 2: 12pm-1pm

Lucky Bamboo, 4pm-6pm in Forbes Café, Stata Center. Fill a glass vase with your choice of pebbles and shoots of bamboo. Bring some luck to your lab or workspace! Hosted by Chancellor Cindy Barnhart and Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate and Graduate Education Ian Waitz. Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.

Thursday, April 4
Stressbuster, 10:30am-2:30pm in W20-491. Receive a free 15-minute backrub provided by Boston Chair Massage! We have eight massage therapists ready to help you kick your stress to the curb. Sign up strongly encouraged; first come, first served. Some walk-in spots available. You deserve this! Sponsored by OGE.

Friday, April 5
Coffee and Postcards
, 9:30am-10:30am in the Student Center Coffeehouse, 3rd floor. Come grab coffee and snack, and take a moment to write a postcard to a fellow grad student to let them know they’re appreciated! Sponsored by the MIT Alumni Association. 

Sleep Workshop, 11am-12pm in 8-119. Learn about stress-free ways to improve the quality of your sleep and create a healthy sleep environment for your body and mind! Sponsored by MIT Community Wellness.

CliftonStrengths Workshop, 2pm-3:30pm in E19-202. Would you like new vocabulary to describe your strengths to potential employers and colleagues? During this workshop you will take an assessment that will identify your strengths, and discuss how the insights may apply to your work and life. Attendees receive a CliftonStrenghs book. Register on CareerBridge. Sponsored by MIT Career Advancement and Professional Development (CAPD).