Women in Academia: Navigating the Grad Student-Professor Relationship

As all graduate students know, it’s tricky trying to navigate the advisor/professor”“graduate student relationship. I mean, when your advisor is both a boss and a mentor, how should the relationship look? How formal should you be? How much should you tell them about your experiences with your research and graduate school? When can you go to them for advice? Read More Women in Academia: Navigating the Grad Student-Professor Relationship

Women in Academia: Budgeting in Grad School

I’ve been meaning to talk about budgeting for a while now, and today is the day it actually happens. Thanks to a series of thoughtful posts over at classragespeaks, I’ve spent a good part of Memorial Day weekend thinking about my experiences with being “grad student poor.” Read More Women in Academia: Budgeting in Grad School

Women in Academia: Specter of Doubt

I’ve spent the last few days in a funk. Maybe it’s the resurgence of winter following  a brief taste of spring, or maybe it’s the idea that I am heading into the big time research stretch that will determine my Ph.D and career, or maybe it’s that I haven’t been getting enough chocolate cake lately. I don’t know. Whatever it is, it’s left me feeling slow and sluggish and a bit overwhelmed by this whole graduate school thing.

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Deserving It

It’s probably been a decade since I first became aware that a year can change everything and nothing at all. At the beginning of the decade I began chronicling the changes and stabilities in my life around January 1. It was a habit, a reminder, a pros-and-cons list spanning 365 days of choices.

In 2008, I began thinking of my life in Februaries.

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