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The Benefits of Taking a GAship Outside of the English Department

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community / Literature & Social Justice

Co-written by Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno and Jimmy Hamill Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno, Ph.D. Candidate, 2 years in the Center for Gender Equity For me, one of the best parts of teaching before and after I had a GA position at the Center for Gender Equity was the fact that my experiences in the classroom and in a student center symbiotically benefited one another. For instance, being a teacher taught me how to manage my time, respond thoughtfully to […]

Sticking to a Schedule?

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community

Being a graduate student is one of the rare occupations in which we can make our own schedules; technically we can work whenever we’d like.  Before beginning graduate school this flexibility seemed an extremely exciting benefit, but once I began I realized how difficult it actually was to keep myself on track and prevent burnout.  With the end of my first semester as an MA student complete (and having survived  writing roughly 50 pages in […]

Our Silence Does Not Protect Us

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community / Truth

Co-written By Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno and Sarita Mizin *Trigger Warning: Sexual Harassment/Assault* I was a little girl the first time a grown man, a stranger, touched me against my will. He told me that I was beautiful, that I reminded him of his daughter, then he reached in through an open car window to kiss my head. My mother was pumping gas at the time. I was too stunned to talk about it, but the whole […]

How Does Department Service Serve Us?

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community

How Does Department Service Serve Us? Love it or hate it, the fact remains that department and university service remains one of the three pillars of academic life, along with research and teaching. However important serving on committees may be to ensuring the efficiency of various departmental working groups, it is nevertheless a fraught issue. For example, in April of 2017, Inside Higher Ed published an article detailing research that indicated that women professors (and […]

Prompt(ing) Writing

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Advice / Teaching

I recently attended the first part of the English Department’s Pedagogy Workshops with speakers Dashielle Horn, Jimmy Hamill and Joanna Grim, and facilitation by Kyle Brett. This workshop was all about prompt writing. Coming into the workshop I knew giving out “good” prompts was foundational for receiving “good” papers. I had just covered the subject and Harvard’s disastrous, written entrance exams of 1874 in my ENGL 485: Intro to Writing Theory. And that’s the thing: […]

Tips to Manage that End of Semester Workload

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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 […]

Want Food, Will Travel

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community

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. […]

The Buzzfeed Post

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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: […]

Tips for Writing a Masters Thesis

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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 […]