Graduate students struggling to get by in Miami on University stipend

A growing number of FIU graduate students are struggling to focus on their classes, buy groceries and pay bills with the stipends paid to them by the University’s Graduate School, which have not been raised in over 10 years. The struggle has led students to living in crowded houses, sacrificing their mental and physical health and even students leaving the University because they cannot afford to stay in school. Andres Gil, the dean of UGS, has received around 200 letters describing anxiety, depression, homelessness and unaffordable doctors visits by upset graduate students.

Texting can be a tool to combat depression

Through smartphones, computers, and gaming consoles, people are permanently plugged into a network of social devices, creating a culture of “connected cocooning.” However, studies have shown that with the heavy rise of technology usage comes negative effects on sleep quality, stress levels and general mental health.