Tempus est Pecunia

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As any veteran graduate student who has worked on a thesis or dissertation for twelve or fifteen years can attest, time management can make all the difference between getting nothing done at all or just enough to get by. The team at here at Drown Unbound are no strangers to wrestling with the bugbear of time management ourselves (1). Especially in the interest of helping new graduate students in our community manage their time more wisely, we have collected a selection of tips which we have found useful that we hope may be of some help to others.

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Two and a Half Minutes to Midnight

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The editors of Drown Unbound welcome back all returning members of our community and bid a special welcome to the department’s new graduate students. While we hope that everyone enjoys a productive and positive 2017-18 academic year, we would feel remiss were we not to acknowledge the utterly grave historical moment in which we find ourselves at the start of this term.

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Get Caffeinated, Get Hype

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by Sam Sorensen & Katie Hurlock

Environment can be the most influential factor in your productivity level; leave your apartment and be a functioning person in the real world, but comfortably so! It also holds you accountable–you feel like you cannot squander away time on Facebook or what have you because you want to look like a serious scholar to the masses.

In this post, we review quite a few coffee shops near Lehigh and out and about in the valley. The location photos are all courtesy of Sam.

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Bethlehem Summer Fun Times

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With summer approaching, are you longing to take advantage of the break from teaching and seminars to do something fun? Do you have a vitamin D deficiency from reading indoors all winter? It’s time to get outside for those summertime funtimes! How to spend this precious time, though… Sometimes, Bethlehem gets a bad rap– the undergrads endlessly lament that there’s nothing to do off campus. But is this true?

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What’s Happening? May 2017

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Hello Summer! We have only 3 weeks left in the Spring Semester and although things are winding down across campus there are still several events you should schedule time to attend.

Monday, May 1 at 5:30 – Lehigh Review Release Party

This year’s edition showcases yet again the amazing work that our undergraduates are doing through their studies at Lehigh–in both research and original art. To help celebrate our contributors work, we are hosting a release party on May 1st (There will be food and coffee/tea!).

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A Conversation with Prof. Betsy Fifer

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After more than forty years of mentoring and inspiring students at Lehigh, Professor Betsy Fifer has decided the time has come for a change. She will be retiring at the end of the spring semester. She was one of the first female faculty members hired at Lehigh after it became coeducational in 1971, and she has worked to make the campus more a democratic place ever since. She will be sorely missed. While she was still within arm’s reach, Drown Unbound stole a few moments of her time and asked her to share a bit of the wisdom she has gathered so far in her long career.

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Tips to Manage that End of Semester Workload

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We’ve hit that point in the semester when it’s time to roll up your sleeves and put the pedal to the metal. Classes become hectic as you’re responsible for keeping up with reading loads and researching and producing papers simultaneously. In all this pressure to perform, and the increasingly distracting nice weather, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself.

To acknowledge this stressful period and to continue the conversations on mental health and well being (like Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno’s one on mental health issues in graduate school or this one with advice for surviving graduate school curated by Emily Shreve), here are some tips on how to balance wrapping up graduate semester coursework and the rest of your life.* Read More

Want Food, Will Travel

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Dining options in the near vicinity of Lehigh can leave much to be desired – Molly’s gets tired quickly, and the atmosphere of Broadway Social can transform from a pleasant restaurant to a busy nightclub in the blink of an eye during weekend evenings. But fret not! As a native of the Lehigh Valley, I can assure you that there are a plethora of diverse and affordable dining options within a short drive of campus. And, in case you are wondering, many of these are out of sight of the University, by which I mean the Sauron-esque bell tower of the University Center that reminds us all of the work we should be doing.

The South Side

If you want to remain in the South Side of Bethlehem, the Thai Kitchen offers excellent Thai cuisine, Tulum and La Lupita are excellent choices for well priced Mexican fare (La Lupita being one of the few places you can find glass bottle Coca-Cola with real sugar), and Jenny’s Kuali serves up delectable Malaysian dishes, all within a short distance from campus.

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