The Road to Productivity: Exploring How Warhawks Persevere and Prevail

“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes, but with hard work there are no limits!” –Anonymous 

It’s that time of the year again when workloads outweigh energy levels! Winter is quickly approaching and finals are right around the corner for us Warhawks. During this time of year it’s easy to become stressed out, burnt out, or just down right depressed from the amount of work you have to complete.  So in an effort to alleviate some of that stress, here’s what a few fellow Warhawks from Career and Leadership Development had to say about how they stay productive during late semester chaos:

Lisa Helms: PRIDE Intern

“With school it is a little harder for me to stay focused but I usually pull things together at the last minute. However with work, I stay focused by making to do lists when I get into the office. I start by checking my email to see if there’s someone that I need to communicate with right away and I just take it one step at a time.”

Cherish Golden: PRIDE Intern

“ I usually go to the library and sit at a table in a quite area to stay focused on academics. I don’t get on the computers because then I’d be distracted.  At work, when I’m all out of tasks, I just find little stuff to do to stay busy. Even if it’s just fixing the chairs, I have to stay busy and remain on my feet in order to be productive. “

Radaya Ellis: Biology Major

“Well I have a productive playlist that I listen to when its grind time to get me back focused. Artist on my productive play list include artist such as Lil Boosie, to help motivate me, and Kirk Franklin, to uplift me. Listening to artist along those parameters helps keep me motivated both in work and at school. “

Katie Barbour: Involvement Office Graduate Assistant

 “A lot of times around the end of the semester I have a lot of big projects to do. So for me this semester I have two large group papers, as well as projects in two different classes. So at this point, it’s really a matter of working effectively with my group members and trying to be a leader within those two groups to make sure we get things done. Especially since finals are right before graduation and that’s when those things are due, and frankly I don’t want to be overwhelmed with group projects that late in the semester. So I think just being proactive and making sure you get things done ahead of time really helps relieve some of the stress”

Becky Wintringer: Warhawk Connection Center Intern

Becky Wintringer

“To-Do Lists are a big thing for me. I have post-its and color coded notes and stuff all over the place. I use my calendar to color code everything! Blue things are for class, green things are for work, and purple things are for organizations. I just try to stay managed by plotting out certain times of the day for individual things so that I’m not just doing all homework for three hours but individual tasks during individual times.

Anthony Richardson: Seal Entertainment Intern

Anthony Richardson

“In order to stay productive I pretty much just remind myself of why I’m here and I use that as motivation to assure that I persevere throughout the rest of the semester.”

We hope these tips can help you achieve your fullest potential and maximize your productivity during stressful times. Be sure to finish up this semester strong and don’t be afraid to join the dialog. What are some strategies that you live by to manage  stressful times and remain productive? Comment and share your ideas.

What’s a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and How Do I Create One?

Research is an incredible way to prepare for graduate and professional school. UW-Whitewater has a number of opportunities to engage in research including the Undergraduate Research Program, the McNair Program, and various opportunities to participate in ongoing faculty research.

As you develop skills to become an effective graduate student, it will be very important to learn how to appropriately market yourself. When applying for employment, assistantships, fellowships, grants, and other opportunities, resumes will no longer be the document of choice. Instead, you will be asked to submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Curriculum Vitae is Latin for ‘course of life’. The purpose of the CV is to provide a snapshot of your education, professional background, and research interests.

Students in "class" on Bascom Hill

Academic and International CVs
There are two types of CVs: the academic CV and international CV. Several countries outside of the U.S. use the term CV to refer to their equivalent of the American resume. Domestically, it will be necessary to begin a CV if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • Planning to attend graduate school
  • Engaging in student teaching
  • Participating/conducting research
  • Interested in academia

CV or Resume: What’s the difference?
A CV and resume are both documents used to provide a snapshot of one’s skills and experiences. The CV differs from the resume in that it is:

  • More comprehensive and longer in length
  • Used primarily for jobs in academia, research and when applying for grants, conferences, or graduate school
  • Strictly a professional document that should be approached conservatively

How do I begin my CV?
Create a master CV document. It may be easiest to request the CV of faculty member in your field of interest to get an initial idea of how a CV in your field of interest will appear.

  1. Outline information. Outline the following information: contact information, education, professional employment, research experience (publications, presentations, grants, etc.), teaching experience, honors and awards, professional service, professional affiliations. The CV does not need to be limited solely to this information, but the aforementioned are a few samples. Accompany each experience with the position held, name of organization, dates present and location
  2. Create headings and organize. Create headings that are relevant to your experiences. The list in Step One identifies information that may be used as headings. Place corresponding experiences underneath headings. Research and teaching experiences are often the first sections following the education section. Note: In regard to section order, the most important information will be listed toward is the top of CV. However, information within each heading should be listed in reverse chronological order.
  3. Create descriptions. Fill in experiences with descriptions regarding your accomplishments. Use complete citations for research (including publications, presentations, and research in progress).

The CV length for undergraduate and graduate students will likely range from 2-5 pages. For more information, explore ‘Additional Resources’ below and make an appointment with a career counselor in Career and Leadership Development and faculty member in your department.

Additional Resources:

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Graduate School: Prepare & Apply

The idea of attending graduate school always intrigued me during my years as an undergrad. With a desire to become a counselor I knew it was inevitable, but I didn’t know much about the process. Here are some of my tips for preparing and applying to graduate school programs.


Research the University, the Graduate School, the Department, the Program and the City/Area in which the school is located. You’d think that this would be common sense, but from experience, I can tell you it’s not. Each of these levels can have a dramatic effect on your choice to attend or even apply to a specific program. For example, if the program is located in a city or state that you are unwilling or unable to move to, it doesn’t matter how strong of a program it is, it won’t be satisfying for you. Same thing goes with the department. If you are looking for a graduate program with a large full-time staff, a program that relies on adjunct faculty may not be your best bet.


If at all possible, once you have done your research, go on a campus visit. You can learn a great deal about a campus and a program by looking at the space you’ll be in as a graduate student. Listen to your gut if it does or doesn’t feel right.

Informational Interview

Consider setting up interviews with faculty members to learn more about their research or areas of expertise. Ask questions that you couldn’t find the answers to online or in print resources.

Contact current graduate students! Often time departments are more than willing to have prospective students meet with current students. Find out from students what the pros and cons are of the program and what suggestions they would have for you about how to navigate the grad school life.


If you like what you see and hear, apply! Remember that graduate school applications can be somewhat complex and generally require all or some of the following components:

  1. Application form (electronic or paper)
    1. For the Graduate School
    2. For the program
  2. Resume
  3. Cover Letter
  4. Personal Statement
  5. Autobiography Statement
  6. Letter of intent

For assistance with any of these documents, you can set up an appointment with any of the Career staff at Career & Leadership Development by calling 262-472-1471.

With your application, pay special attention to deadlines, specifics on where and how to submit your completed application or necessary admissions tests like the GRE or GMAT.

Overall when you’re thinking graduate school, start early and weigh your options. No two programs are the same and there is a “right one” out there for you!

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Tips for Considering Graduate School

Are you planning on going to graduate school? The first question I ask is “Why?” Possibly your career choice requires a master’s or PhD. Or maybe you like school and want more education. Another reason might be because you can’t find a job. Whatever the reason, the decision to go on to graduate school deserves some consideration.


Evaluating a Program

Assuming you’ve decided to proceed with your graduate degree and know what you want to study, the next step is finding a program that is suited best for you. The process is very similar to what you went through in for your undergraduate school. You might want to consider if you want to go to the same university where you got your undergraduate degree or find a different school. There are very good reasons for either choice. You will want to know if it is an accredited school and by whom is it accredited. This is a very important fact to find out, as you will want to have your degree mean something. What is their reputation? Other points to consider are found on our website.

Applying to Grad School

Once you’ve decided on one or several schools, you will need to apply. Most schools will look at your GPA, your involvement, volunteer and other experience. The programs usually require a resume, personal statement, transcripts, an admission test and references, plus an application form and an interview. By looking at the university’s website, you can find out what each school and program will require.

Financing Grad School

How to pay for school is always a consideration. In general, there are no financial aid grants, but loans are typically available. As you are evaluating a particular program, look to see if there are scholarships and definitely look at graduate assistantships. Graduate assistantships are particularly important as they not only provide money, but also much needed experience in your chosen field. This is important when you look for your job after graduation.

These are but a few highlights of the process of getting into grad school. Talk at length with the schools you’re looking at. A visit to the school can be very useful. Speak to the department chair, other professors, students in the program and alumni if possible. If you are planning on an online program, find out the particulars of the program, the expectations, and what resources are available for you.

There are a variety of websites to help you including our website. You can also contact our office at 262-472-1471 to schedule an appointment if you’d like to discuss any aspect of grad school. You can also go to a search engine to look for any aspect of the process.

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