In anticipation of Accepted Students Day on March 22nd, I sat down with some seasoned graduate students to gather their advice for how to best prepare for a campus visit. As a first year Ph.D. student and a second year MA student, respectively, Sam Sorenson and Ashley Evans shared the following kernels of wisdom with our future colleagues: “Don’t be shy. Try to interact with everyone to get a realistic feel for the department.” Admittedly, […]
On January 19th a crowd of instructors gathered for an informative workshop led by assistant professor Dr. Brooke Rollins and featuring presentations by Dr. Amardeep Singh and Dr. Nicole Batchelor. For those unable to attend the event, we here at Drown Unbound have got you covered. While the idea of teaching a multimodal assignment may have seemed daunting at first, a few tips from the workshop presenters put everyone at ease. The easiest way to […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]