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Tips for Avoiding a Stressful Application Semester

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By Kyle Brett and Megan Bruening   Are you applying to Ph.D. programs? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by trying to balance work, apps, and your much needed social life? Sometimes the application semester can get the better of you and you can, sadly, end up like this: Fret not. All of your professors, not to mention the department full of current Ph.D. candidates, and Ph.D. students, made it through this process intact. Which is to […]

4 Articles for Self-Care This Semester

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As we approach the one month marker of the Fall 2016 semester, it seems essential to point out, once again, the importance of self-care. The ‘Other’ Graduate School Mess: Tackling Mental Health in Graduate School In an extensive article Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno tackles mental health in graduate school full force. Drawing on The Graduate School Mess by Leonard Cassuto, Heidebrink-Bruno addresses the impact of the “ever-increasing list of expectations” for graduate students on mental health. Her suggestions […]

Best Bethlehem Places to Eat, Grade, Study & Write (All While Saving Money!)

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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.

Making the Most of Your First Year of Grad School

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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 […]

Welcome to Lehigh English & Drown Unbound!

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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 […]

2016 Graduate Student Commencement Address: Purpose, Possibility and Love

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On Monday, May 23, 2016 I was honored to deliver the 2016 Graduate Student Address at Lehigh’s 148th Commencement Ceremony. The subject of my talk was Purpose, Possibility, and Love. As I thought about what message I wanted to share with my fellow graduates and our families, I wondered about the other black women who walked this path before me. With the help of Professors Jenna Lay and Betsy Fifer, I was able to piece […]

Reflections on a Year of Connected Academics

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When I applied to the MLA’s Connected Academics proseminar early last summer, I knew I wanted to explore alt/non-academic career options, but I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. So in my application, I focused on three ideas: my “commitment to connectivity” and public discourse about the humanities; my valuation of the project of translation; and my desire to increase my professional self-knowledge. I tried to show how I had a longstanding research and teaching […]

Getting In and Fitting In: First-Generation Students in Graduate School

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As a college education becomes more financially feasible and socially expected for a greater portion of the population, historically disadvantaged students and those from working class families are entering colleges and universities at a higher rate than prior decades. Though school officials offer varying definitions of what it means to be a first-generation student, many agree that first-generation students tend to feel unprepared and under-supported for the many challenges that college entails. As such, universities, […]

Managing Mid-Semester Stress and Anxiety

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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 […]

So you want to learn a South Asian language . . .

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. . . and maybe you’re not made out of money? Maybe you attend a university that doesn’t offer any classes? Maybe you might or might not be willing to travel for language learning? Or maybe–you are not a university student? Well, there are still some options! Last year I stumbled upon some literary connections between the U.S. and India that seemed like they could become a dissertation chapter. The only problem was that some […]