You’re working your way through graduate school.

Maybe you just started, maybe you’re studying for qualifying exams, or maybe you’re deep into the throes of dissertation writing.

You love your work, but are struggling to keep up with the never-ending deluge of responsibilities while also building community and practicing self-care.

You can do more than survive grad school.

You can ROCK it.

In the Grad School Rockstar Program, you can

Map out all the projects you’re tackling in grad school and design a concrete plan for getting them all done

Develop sustainable systems that can grow with you as you move through grad school and into your career

Find the accountability and support you need to create powerful work that resonates with your communities

Rosie C
Rosie C.

Before the program, I struggled with confidence, and making time for self care. The Rockstar Program has really changed the attitude with which I approach grad school and my work. I’ve found a way to integrate my academic and activist work through the program’s emphasis on collaboration and social justice and through our discussions about the importance of locating committee members that genuinely support the work you want and love to do.

Jazmín D
Jazmín D.

The Grad School Rockstar Program has been an incredible boon to my academic life and personal wellbeing. Cathy is a great source of organizational know-how, and a terrific sounding board as I hash out ideas. Genuinely interested in my research and supportive every step of the way, Cathy has helped me to adopt a more realistic and healthy attitude towards my academic workI feel much more in control of my process and more confident in my thinking and writing abilities.

Program Topics

road maps
project management
writing routines
writing groups
email wrangling
resource management
daily routines
self care
creative community
semester reviews

What You Get

A Personal Coach

We match you with a coach who knows your projects and is there to help every step of the way

Weekly Office Hours

Get feedback and support from the entire rockstar team on your progress toward your goals

Interdisciplinary Community

Lifetime access to our private online community where you can work with other rockstars

Twice-Monthly Webinars

On topics like working with advisors, work/life balance, and mapping your semesters

10 Lessons

Delivered in downloadable pdf ebooks so you can return to them whenever you’d like

10 Activity Worksheets

To help you set goals, organize your research, find new tools, and build your grad school team

Meet Your Rockstar Coaches

Get personalized guidance from our four Rockstar Coaches (click the tabs to read more about them and their areas of expertise)

Cathy Hannabach, Apr 2016, squareProgram Director

Areas of Rockstar Expertise:


Writing routines + writing groups

Research + managing research materials

Structuring/organizing your dissertation

Creating + meeting deadlines

Altac/Postac careers (careers beyond the tenure track)

Read more about Cathy

Head Rockstar CoachTerry Park 2

Areas of Rockstar Expertise:

Performance (especially how to use in teaching)

Teaching + pedagogy

Altac/Postac careers (careers beyond the tenure track)

Arts-based research

Read more about Terry

Rockstar CoachJulia Jordan-Zachery

Areas of Rockstar Expertise:

Time + energy management

Self care + work/life balance

Parenting in academia

Writing routines

Read more about Julia

Rockstar CoachKate Drabinski

Areas of Rockstar Expertise:

Writing (especially first drafts and getting started)

Teaching + pedagogy (including public pedagogy)

Freelancing + getting paid to write

Self care + work/life balance

Read more about Kate


Enrollment is now open for Summer 2017!

The investment for the Grad School Rockstar Program is $300 with two payment options:

one payment of $300 or four payments of $75.

Michelle P
Michelle P.

Before the program, I struggled with juggling multiple tasks, regular writing, and time management. Through the Rockstar Program, I began writing every dayMy relationship to my dissertation more became less anxiety-inducing and more pleasurable and exciting. I recommend the Rockstar Program to any graduate student who struggles with time management as well as feelings of isolation and failure when not meeting the impossible goals we set for ourselves.

Veronica S
Veronica S.

When I started the program, I was struggling with organizing my time and self care. Through the Rockstar Program, I learned that self care is a crucial part of doing my work. Another important lesson I learned is to give credit to myself (and celebrate!) what I do as something worthy and difficult, as scholarly work definitely is. Cathy is efficient and professional, and knows very well what our difficulties really are. I’m excited to maintain the good habits I formed in the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will the program take?

The Grad School Rockstar Program is designed to fit around your schedule, as we know you’re busy. We recommend you set aside 10-15 minutes to read each lesson, and 45-60 minutes to work through each worksheet. Some modules may take you longer than others. You can also work through the lessons in any order you want.

When are Office Hours? Who leads them? How do I access them?

The program director and rockstar coaches—Cathy Hannabach, Terry Park, Julia Jordan-Zachery, and Kate Drabinski—host weekly Office Hours, and you can attend any of the Office Hours you want. Office Hours are where you can get help as you work through the program materials and activities. Office Hours take place in our private Slack community. The Office Hours schedule can be found here:

What happens if I need to miss Office Hours?

No sweat. All Office Hour sessions are archived in our private Slack community, so you can read through what was discussed and catch up. And if you know ahead of time you need to miss a week or two but have a question, you can always post it to our online community for feedback from the group, the program director, and the rockstar coaches.

Can I work at my own pace or is there a set order of topics?

When you enroll in the program, you’ll receive access to all the program materials, including all 10 lessons and worksheets. You can work through them at your own pace, in whatever order you please. That said, we strongly recommend you begin with the Road Map module as you’ll use it to set goals and plans for the semester.

Isn’t my advisor supposed to be helping me with this stuff? 

Advisors/dissertation directors/major professors are amazing. They are often your strongest allies through your time in graduate school, and their mentoring will absolutely help shape the career(s) you build for yourself. However, they often lack the time or resources to offer the type of personalized, holistic support that our program does. Additionally, they are often stretched thin advising many students at once, due to increasing advising and administrative loads. In the Grad School Rockstar Program you get concrete, personalized, and holistic support tailored to your individual goals and needs. Indeed, many faculty send their grad students to this program precisely for this reason.

Will this program teach me how to get an academic or non-academic job?

While graduate students juggling job applications within and beyond the academy are absolutely welcome, the job search is not the primary focus of this program. Indeed, we are approaching grad school from a holistic perspective because you are a whole, embodied person with a huge range of desires, passions, projects, skills, relationships, commitments, and futures. If you want to learn how to organize your projects (which may or may not include job application materials), create and meet deadlines, contribute to a supportive community, and develop healthy habits to sustain you as a holistic person, then we’d love to have you! If you’re primarily looking for a job market support group and/or feedback on job application materials, there are several other services that would be a better fit, including The Professor Is In.

Are you ready to rock grad school?

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