The semester is underway, and no doubt you are very busy: taking or teaching classes; working on research in labs or libraries; meeting with faculty; developing various skills sets; writing proposals or theses; perhaps preparing for job searches ahead.
What else should you be sure to do? Take time for rest, recreation, and social connection! Finding a balance between academic work and personal refreshment is vital for keeping healthy and for succeeding in your goals over the long haul.
Don’t shortchange yourself on sleep. Do sustain relationships with friends and loved ones. Avail yourself of nature’s beauties; let such appreciation restore your spirit. Treat yourself to a concert, a play, an art exhibition; let cultural delights enrich your soul. Learn to cook a good meal; your life will be better for it. Walk, cycle, swim, sail, play ball, chase a frisbee; find ways to exercise your body regularly, and your mind will thank you for it.
(Did you know that your registration fees give you access to all the facilities and classes of our Recreational Sports programs? Activate your student membership and check out the dozens of activities being offered.)
This is not frivolous advice. I take it to heart myself. The most successful scholars and professionals, the most productive and creative innovators, work hard and play well. At Berkeley, we are fortunate to have so many opportunities close at hand to live a well-balanced life. Carpé diem! and…
Fiona M. Doyle
Dean of the Graduate Division
Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering