Upcoming Zoom Events For Princeton University Graduate Students and Postdocs


Perfectionism in the Time of COVID-19: A Supportive Conversation

The “enemy of the good,” according to Voltaire, perfectionism is a behavioral pattern frequently attributed to graduate students. During this current pandemic crisis, however, its effects may be even more keenly felt. What new pressures to excel might we place on ourselves in the current moment? How can we respond? In this supportive conversation, we’ll unpack “perfectionism” and explore some of its roots and consequences, before turning to reflect on how we relate to it now. We’ll conclude by thinking through some possible interventions, such as recognizing the productive value of idleness and the art of being “good enough.” 

Facilitated by: John Schulz, Ph.D. candidate in English, and McGraw Center University Administrative Fellow

Friday, May 22, 2020 at 4:00-5:00 pm (EDT) 

via Zoom*

* Please contact Dr. Laura Murray at lcmurray@princeton.edu directly to RSVP and receive the Zoom link for this event.  Thank you!


Meta-cognition: Thinking about the situations, processes, and methods that allow you to do your best work

Defined loosely as the process of reflecting about thinking or learning so as to make shifts in behavior, metacognition has always been essential to learning. Nowhere is it more essential than in graduate school where so much of our learning and scholarship is self-directed, and at no time does it seem more important to learn how to self-regulate and improve our independent learning than during Covid-19 when learning is increasingly virtual and often entirely on our own. By employing metacognition, we can develop new habits or adjust existing ones as we reflect on what helps or inhibits our learning and scholarship. 

If you are a grad student or postdoc curious about ways to think and reflect on your own learning; if you have strategies or tools to share that have helped you understand your learning patterns or practices in new ways; or if you’d just like to connect with supportive colleagues navigating similar challenges to learn during this time, please join the conversation.

This supportive conversation will be facilitated by Kate Thorpe, Ph.D. candidate in English and McGraw Center University Administrative Fellow.

Friday, May 29, 2020 at 12:00-1:00 pm (EDT) 

via Zoom*

* Please contact Dr. Laura Murray at lcmurray@princeton.edu directly to RSVP and receive the Zoom link for this event.  Thank you!