Transitions… Navigating Graduate School for First-Year Students

As part of a continued orientation experience for incoming graduate and professional students, the Graduate School sponsors a special seminar series (complete with networking time) for first-year graduate and professional students. The purpose of Transitions is for students to gain valuable information and skills to make a successful transition into the role of a successful Cornell graduate/professional student.

Fall 2017 Semester

Schedule of events to be posted by June 1, 2017


Fall 2016 Semester

The Graduate School is sponsoring a special series for first-year graduate and professional students.  In a relaxed environment and over pizza, students will be able to gain information and skills to make a successful transition to a Cornell graduate/professional student status. Time is set aside for students to network with one another. Please RSVP at the link below.

Getting the Mentoring You Need and Want

Tuesday, August 30  |  4:00 – 5:30  |  G10 Biotech

Mentoring is the most critical relationship for a graduate student! Mentoring begins with understanding what mentoring is and what you hope to get out of the relationship. Through interactive discussion and case studies, we will discuss how to establish a positive relationship and how to communicate effectively. Presenters:  Janna Lamey, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life; Jan Allen, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Understanding and Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome (aka- You Belong in Grad School)

Wednesday, September 7  |  4:00 – 5:30  |  401 PSB

Did you know that imposter feelings are normal and that most high-achieving graduate students experience these feelings at some point? Join us to better understand the Imposter Syndrome; learn where it comes from and how it can manifest. More importantly, understand how it can be a barrier to graduate student success and what you can do to overcome this. Dr. Wong will use theory, data, clinical practice, and his own experiences as a graduate student to paint a picture of the Imposter Syndrome with accuracy, helpfulness, and humor. Presenter: Wai Wong, Assistant Director for Community Based Services, Gannett Health Services

Maximizing Your Every Minute

Tuesday, September 13  |  4:00 – 5:30  |  McManus Lounge

Three weeks into your program, are you asking yourself, “How can I accomplish all of these goals with limited hours in the day?” Fortunately, time management is a skill that can be learned!  Join us for an interactive discussion on the top six tips to successfully manage your time. You will learn methods and insight to what top performers already know about time management. In addition, you will share with others what you have found works best for you. Presenter:  Janna Lamey, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life

The Culture of Respect at Cornell

Wednesday, September 21  |  4:00 – 5:30  |  202 Stocking Hall

How does Cornell support a culture of respect in regards to bias and discrimination? What is Cornell’s response to sexual violence? What policies and resources do we have? Join us to become informed and have honest discussion to answer these questions. Presenters:  Sarah B. Affel, Title IX Coordinator and Pam Strausser, Office of Human Resources