Others have written before on Drown Unbound with advice about the process of applying to PhD programs, here and here. Jimmy, Kyle, and Megan offer excellent advice in these posts; however, I’m writing to add one or two additional and, I think, crucial pieces of advice. Start Now If you are a first year MA student and you have already decided you want to pursue a PhD (a difficult decision in itself, particularly given the abysmal […]
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?
Welcome to the Writing and Math Center! Here, students can find free writing and math help from experienced tutors, with half-hour appointments up to twice a week for writing and regular, weekly appointments for math.* Here, students enter with their assignment sheet and two copies of their draft (or outline or thesis statement or vague idea begging to be developed), and exit with a more defined sense of their argument and a clear plan for proceeding. Here, students […]
Conferences are, to my mind, one of the best perks of being in academia. In a department/university like ours, which is able to partially or fully fund travel, conferences turn into a treat. As I like to call them, academic vacay! You get to go to a cool place you’ve likely never been and meet interesting people (grad students and faculty!) from all over. So, how do we get to this magical land?
Midway through the semester, I often hit a concrete wall. The fatigue and the stress of the first half of the semester builds up and it’s increasingly difficult to balance the demands of teaching with my own research. Anxiety and depression are a ubiquitous part of grad school. Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno wrote a lovely piece for Drown Unbound on this topic just last month, and this issue is so prevalent that GradHacker, the grad-centric blog for The […]
I am writing this post from Evernote, a note-taking app/software and organizational system. I had tried out Evernote a few years ago, when I got my iPad, but didn’t really see the practical utility; I was using it as a glorified legal pad. This seems to be a bit of a trend– academics try Evernote without considering its full utility only to be shocked by its awesomeness years later. On the sage recommendation of Prof. Suzanne Edwards, I gave […]
This post is not about how to write a good seminar paper. That’s fodder for more than a single blog post. This is about how to maintain your sanity while writing. Plan Ahead I guess this ship has possibly sailed for this semester, but planning your research and writing schedule well in advance helps make seminar papers 1000% more manageable (science!). When I first started my MA, I frequently found that due dates snuck up […]
I can’t recommend the Graduate Life Office’s Teacher Development series, run by Greg Reihman, highly enough. Perhaps you’ve never attended because you’ve thought “I have years of teaching experience! I don’t need that!” or “Those things always cater to non-humanities teaching!”
Co-written by Sarita Mizin and Dashielle Horn Coursework is the cornerstone of beginning graduate studies. It is usually the first thing we commit to when deciding to pursue anM.A. or Ph.D.. To continue the conversation already started by Jimmy on our blog (https://lehighgrad.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/which-classes-should-i-take-tips-for-graduate-coursework-registration/comment-page-1/#comment-19 ), we would like to offer some tips for handling the rigors of the graduate classroom.
Do you feel like any of the following Ron Weasleys when you think about stepping into your classroom on Monday? If so, worry not! Any terror, nausea, or Ron-like panic that may afflict you will abate as soon as you get in the classroom and start actually teaching, because you’ll be great!