In addition, communicating your sensitivity to your partner's thoughts and feelings, is also important.
Otherwise, invisible resentment can start to accumulate and not get expressed until the situation does not seem to match the emotions at the time.
It also becomes critical to review the needs of the partner and the needs of the relationship when you feel you must re-negotiate something you had already agreed to do.
Question any perceived or assumed prohibition of vulnerabilities.
Maintaining a committed relationship while attending graduate or professional school can be complex and challenging.
The reality is, your relationship is simultaneously a source of support and a source of demanding responsibilities.
Fears can emerge that having a relationship with its own needs may threaten your success.
There may be a prevailing attitude in your program to re-enforce these fears. The very person that may sometimes seem to threaten your success will likely provide you with the re-assurance that you need to succeed.