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Peer Advisor Blog Posts

Peer advising provides non-academic advice and personal student perspectives about life and learning at MBKU in an informal way to all students in the first academic year. Peer advising is the student complement to academic advising provided by faculty advisors and University Student Affairs. New students will gain informed student perspective that is based on their Peer Advisor’s personal experience within their program, along with formal training.

Peer Advisors are students in the second academic year who are committed to academic excellence and student leadership. They show strong commitment to helping new students make the transition from undergraduates to informed, successful professional students who will be responsible for their academic goals and professional growth.

Peer Advice: Adapting to Graduate Studies as a First-Gen Student

Graduate school and professional academia may seem overwhelming at first, especially for those not used to this community's norms and customs.

In my experience, there are comparably fewer resources on what it's like being a first-generation graduate student (FGGS) than there are for first-generation college students. Thus, I found it very important to create a post where I can share a few things that I have picked up along the way and have helped me adapt to my Physician Assistant (PA) studies as a FGGS:

#1 - Fighting imposter syndrome

Peer Advice: How to Break Procrastination Habits

One of the first pieces of advice you will hear entering graduate school is DO NOT PROCRASTINATE.

Knowing myself having been a chronic procrastinator my entire life, hearing this made me anxious and uneasy, wondering if I had what it takes to be successful in grad school. While this advice is extremely valid and valuable, sometimes life just happens and you may find yourself in a position where you’re behind and while it may seem like it at the time, it does not mean the end of the world.

Tips on how to catch up on coursework and break procrastination habits.

Peer Advice: Getting the Most Out of Google Calendar

Time management is one of the most important skills to have during graduate school.

If you struggle with it, you’re not alone! Google Calendar is a simple way to visualize the time you have each day and map out how to best utilize it. Let’s go over some GCal basics and some ways to make your calendar your own!

The Basics

Never used Google Calendar? No problem! First things first, you need to map out your weekly class schedule. 

Peer Advice: How to Stay Physically Active as a Graduate Student

If you are reading this article, then kudos to you!

Prioritizing physical activity during a time in your life when your world is dominated by the stressors of schoolwork is commemorable! As a previous kinesiology major, I would love to dive into the weeds on how physical activity, or lack thereof, impacts your current and future health. But, considering you are entering the healthcare field, I am sure you already know much of this information! So, without further ado, let me share some tips on how to stay physically active as a graduate student:

Peer Advice: 10 Outdoor Activities in Fullerton and Orange County

There may come a time when you will need a breath of fresh air, perhaps a break from studying at your desk or at the school library.

Look no further! Here are 10 outdoor activities for you in Fullerton and Orange County!

The following activities are listed in proximity to Marshall B. Ketchum University (from closest to furthest).

1. Visit the Fullerton Arboretum - 1900 Associated Rd, Fullerton, CA 92831

Peer Advice: Best Places to Eat in the Area

If you’re a foodie like me, you’re probably wondering where the best places to eat are.

I have crafted a list of foods that are both close to campus and a little further from campus (~20 min) to help you with your restaurant decisions!

Hana Maru Sushi - Downtown Brea

I’ve had a few places in the area already but Hana Maru Sushi in downtown brea is hands down my favorite. Their sushi is always super fresh and the price is pretty hard to beat. My one complaint is that service can be pretty slow during peak hours since they usually only have 2 servers.