By Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno, Dashielle Horn, and Emily Shreve Emily: First-year graduate students have a lot of reading, writing, and grading to do, often in an unfamiliar town away from the usual haunts, and, often, with a tight budget, restricting your options. Over time you’ll discover the best working locations for you, but to speed that process along, Dashielle, Sarah, and I have some suggestions for wonderful (cheap!) places to work and eat in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.
By now, you’ve likely heard a lot of advice, formal and informal, from graduate students and from ‘civilians,’ as to how you can survive and thrive in your first year of graduate school. We have a few more ideas here, from former and current Lehigh English students. Check out the advice below, and remember: find what feels right for you! Gather your toolbox, test techniques for time management, and, amidst the challenges, take pleasure in […]
We can’t deny it any longer: summer is over and the new academic year is about to begin, sure to be filled with many plans and unexpected discoveries–all accompanied by a heaping dose of excitement and nervousness. These feelings are especially potent for anyone beginning their graduate school education, or for those starting graduate school at Lehigh for the first time. So, for all our new community members, Laura and I will have a few posts over the next week filled with […]
“Reading to me was fundamental, as fundamental as food.” –Bich Minh Nyugen, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner As in the past two years, Lehigh’s Summer Reading Program for the Class of 2020 is centered around a theme; for 2016, it’s Food: What Nourishes Us? The books that have been chosen–Mark Schatzker’s The Dorito Effect, and Bich Minh Nguyen’s Stealing Buddha’s Dinner—juxtapose two very different approaches to junk food, nutrition, nourishment, culture and food identity. The books also serve as a gateway for broader theme-related conversations […]
We have one more week of classes this May, with four exciting events still to come before we wrap up the year. TODAY, Monday, May 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm stop by the Global Commons (Williams Hall) to pick up a copy of this year’s Lehigh Review and celebrate with the undergraduate artists, authors, and editors who put it together–as well as with our own Laura Kremmel and Kyle Brett, who acted as advisors and guides.
April is an exciting month here in Drown as we wrap up the academic year with a Literature and Social Justice visiting lecture, more pedagogy workshops, a transferable skills panel, and a number of dissertation defenses. As Dashielle suggested in her recent post, one way to deal with mid-semester stress and anxiety is to get out into your community to celebrate (and stress!) with them. Whether you need the teaching boost of a pedagogy workshop, […]
by Emily Shreve and Laura Fitzpatrick At the beginning of March, Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess, graciously took some time out of his visit to sit down with us for a chat about his graduate school experiences, his thoughts on what grad students can do to fix the “graduate school” mess, and his best teaching and professionalization advice. Enjoy! Emily Shreve & Laura Fitzpatrick: Tell us your favorite anecdote or story from your graduate school […]
March comes in like a lion this year, with three exciting and important department events within the next week and a half. First up is the visit from Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess. His book talk will be on Wednesday, March 2, at 4:10 pm in Linderman Library 200, with a special lunch with graduate students beforehand, at noon in the Humanities Center.
Welcome back to our snow-covered campus and the official start of Spring 2016! Every month Laura and I will be highlighting some of the lectures, meetings, and opportunities happening on campus. So break out your calendars and mark the dates for these upcoming campus events:
Seminar papers are completed, grades are in, and it’s time to relax after a hectic fall semester. Once you’ve slept, visited family and friends, binge-watched Netflix, slept, read everything on the internet, and slept some more, here are some tips for ways to make productive use of the winter break and set yourself up for success in the Spring semester. *