What motivates you?
How have you built community at Carolina?
I consider community building a critical component of my academic education. The exchange of thought and perspective with others is as important as the production of scholarly works. Conceptualizing it as such has allowed me to prioritize it, when I could easily make an excuse to stay in and finish an assignment, reading, or paper. I have intentionally sought out community outside of UNC-Chapel Hill (sports leagues, musician meetups, and local politics, etc.). This is to combat the temporary mindset that it is easy to adopt when in graduate studies. For Ph.D. programs in particular, which are a long haul, this is not sustainable. My life is not on hold!