I recently had the opportunity to attend Dr. Who?: A Careers Conference for Professional Humanists at Binghamton University. I want to share what I learned there to help other graduate students think about their career prospects in a more expansive and positive way.
With summer approaching, are you longing to take advantage of the break from teaching and seminars to do something fun? Do you have a vitamin D deficiency from reading indoors all winter? It’s time to get outside for those summertime funtimes! How to spend this precious time, though… Sometimes, Bethlehem gets a bad rap– the undergrads endlessly lament that there’s nothing to do off campus. But is this true?
Hello Summer! We have only 3 weeks left in the Spring Semester and although things are winding down across campus there are still several events you should schedule time to attend.
Monday, May 1 at 5:30 – Lehigh Review Release Party
This year’s edition showcases yet again the amazing work that our undergraduates are doing through their studies at Lehigh–in both research and original art. To help celebrate our contributors work, we are hosting a release party on May 1st (There will be food and coffee/tea!).
After more than forty years of mentoring and inspiring students at Lehigh, Professor Betsy Fifer has decided the time has come for a change. She will be retiring at the end of the spring semester. She was one of the first female faculty members hired at Lehigh after it became coeducational in 1971, and she has worked to make the campus more a democratic place ever since. She will be sorely missed. While she was still within arm’s reach, Drown Unbound stole a few moments of her time and asked her to share a bit of the wisdom she has gathered so far in her long career.
We’ve hit that point in the semester when it’s time to roll up your sleeves and put the pedal to the metal. Classes become hectic as you’re responsible for keeping up with reading loads and researching and producing papers simultaneously. In all this pressure to perform, and the increasingly distracting nice weather, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself.
To acknowledge this stressful period and to continue the conversations on mental health and well being (like Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno’s one on mental health issues in graduate school or this one with advice for surviving graduate school curated by Emily Shreve), here are some tips on how to balance wrapping up graduate semester coursework and the rest of your life.* Read More
Dining options in the near vicinity of Lehigh can leave much to be desired – Molly’s gets tired quickly, and the atmosphere of Broadway Social can transform from a pleasant restaurant to a busy nightclub in the blink of an eye during weekend evenings. But fret not! As a native of the Lehigh Valley, I can assure you that there are a plethora of diverse and affordable dining options within a short drive of campus. And, in case you are wondering, many of these are out of sight of the University, by which I mean the Sauron-esque bell tower of the University Center that reminds us all of the work we should be doing.
The South Side
If you want to remain in the South Side of Bethlehem, the Thai Kitchen offers excellent Thai cuisine, Tulum and La Lupita are excellent choices for well priced Mexican fare (La Lupita being one of the few places you can find glass bottle Coca-Cola with real sugar), and Jenny’s Kuali serves up delectable Malaysian dishes, all within a short distance from campus.
Here at Drown Unbound, we’re feeling the end-of-semester crunch quite strongly, and you probably are too. So we thought we’d have a little fun with it. For one post only, we’re becoming Buzzfeed. I’ve got a list of gifs here. Mareesa has a quote about keeping positive in this tough time. Laura’s got a Harry Potter thing and a Hamilton thing. Brian had a séance and heard some advice from Langston Hughes.
The Gif List: What we’re going through
Marry Poppins knows how to write a thesis (but if you want real advice, check out Jo’s recent post)
That feeling when you’re trying to balance writing and reading and posting and teaching (and living) Read More
Synergy was achieved a few weeks ago when Lehigh played host to the most radical tea party since Sam Adams and friends got busy in Boston Harbor. Four women who have played leading roles in some of the most profound movements for social justice in the last half-century came together for tea and solidarity in the Zoellner Arts Center. Ericka Huggins, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Denise Oliver-Velez, and Sonia Sanchez shared from their wealth of life-stories and wisdom and answered questions posed by their wrapt audience over afternoon tea. Each woman has spent her life fighting racial injustice and economic inequality as well as challenging the limits imposed upon women within the historically male-dominated movements in which they have participated.
While primarily intended for students completing a masters thesis, this post might also interest those writing seminar papers or other projects, such as scholarly articles or essays. These seven tips, thoughts, and provocations derive from my own successes and failures, good intentions and bad habits as a writer. Add your voice in the comments! In case you stop reading here, know that however hellish the process, there is nothing quite so pleasurable as producing a polished piece of writing. Also, remember that your health and wellbeing are more important than your thesis. If you feel more depressed, anxious, tired, overwhelmed, or stressed than is manageable for you, I hope you will reach out to a friend, family member, classmate, or advisor. Please prioritize your health (completing your thesis can wait).
1. Write about what you care about. In my opinion, this is the most important aspect of any piece of writing. No matter how experienced or talented a writer you are, if you are not passionate about your topic, your writing will suffer. That said, writing about topics that are important to you can trigger emotional responses that might make writing more difficult. That’s one of the reasons why I like tip number two.
We have finally approached the final full month of the spring semester and things are likely getting completely out of hand. Remember self care and check out one or all of these exciting events!
Tuesday April 4 at 7pm: Stephanie Powell Watts, professor at Lehigh University, has a book launch at the Bethlehem Barnes and Noble (4445 Southmont Way, Easton). Watts new book, No One Is Coming to Save Us, has received a great deal of critical praise and attention.