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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread is Celebrating

I just finished my last doctoral seminar.

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread Just Got Real

This is my last semester of classes. WTF?

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread Makes Terrible Life Choices

I decided to NaNo while in grad school. WHAT WAS I THINKING?

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You Complete Me Internet

A Gif-Based Story of Avoiding Responsibility

I could do my work. Or I could find a bunch of gifs that show you how I’m not doing my work.

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread is Freaking the $%^# Out

I have a very big week coming up.

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You Complete Me Internet

Grad School: A Tale in Gifs

The beginning of every semester can be a little rough. You’re used to sleeping in and not wearing pants or a bra and then suddenly you have assignments and readings and long commutes. Let’s work out those feelings, gif-style.

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Women In Academia

Odds and Ends

I try to keep a running list of ideas for topics to talk about for these posts. I do this because my brain tends to oscillate between full of ideas and totally and completely useless; and for some reason, this particular cycle has no understanding of or sympathy for deadlines. However, in coming up with […]

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Life

I’m About to Start My Ph.D. and I’m Pretty Sure I Don’t Know What I’m Doing

Suddenly everything is changing. I’m not exaggerating there. My life is about to flip-turn and shoot off the wall in a brand new direction. After five years staying with my parents, I finally just moved in with a roommate. In early September I’ll begin working on a Ph.D., suddenly thrust from unemployment (I was laid […]

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Women In Academia

Women in Academia: Should I Go to Grad School?

Summer is basically the best time of year for so many reasons, not the least of which is the influx of highly-motivated, not just highly-motivated but dedicate-the-summer-to-research-and-learning-motivated undergraduate and high school students. Campus is full of moderately lost-looking young adults with name badges. I love it, but inevitably someone asks about whether or not they […]

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Life

That Guy (or Girl!) in Your Class

You know how it goes: you’re sitting in class, tapping your pen, and half listening to your professor lecture about your assigned reading, half worrying about whether you’re going to get a parking ticket for the parking pass you may or may not have remembered to hang up. And then all of a sudden, your […]

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A Womb of One's Own

A Womb of One’s Own: Let Go and Let Gabe

Last year, I made one resolution: to give birth to a healthy child who wouldn’t grow up to kill and eat people. Thus far, I’m willing to say I’ve succeeded. This year, my resolution is again Gabe-centric: to accept the limits of what I can do with our time together, and to enjoy what I […]

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Work

Women in Academia: Life Planning

This post doesn’t have any answers or suggestions or anything like that. It talks about a topic that’s been discussed time and time again. So why even bring it up? Because I wanted to know what you did. These waters are difficult to navigate, and it’s hard to get too much information. In the summer, […]

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Education in America

What I Learned Over My Summer Vacation

At nearly any other point in my life, in the month of June, I would be on break from school and starting one of my summer camp jobs. This summer, however, I’ve been working full time and also going to grad school. Here are some of the things I’ve learned, for the “What I Did […]

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Work

Women in Academia: The Double-Edged Sword of Summer

Summer time on campus is a whole new beast. The golden days of summer are rolling along and as the days heat up, campus culture shifts to accommodate the summer season. Graduate school in the summer time provides a unique series of pros and cons that ensure that it remains an interesting and distinct experience […]

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Work

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.”