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Gothic Reading Group: Laughing in the Dark

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October 27th marked the second meeting of the Gothic Reading Group.  Of course, fall is the perfect time to be diving into the haunted material usually associated with the gothic. However, the group took a different turn for this month’s reading. Instead of diving into Frankenstein, Dracula, or other traditional texts, we took a trip to the past and found ourselves face-to-face with the stories that haunted us as children. Nope, it’s not Goosebumps. Our […]

Parent. Student. Scholar.

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When one of my college professors told me years ago that the best time to write a dissertation is while bouncing a baby with one hand and typing with the other, I scoffed at him.” Easy for him to say,” I thought. He had a partner and an extended family at home to help. He was able to take time away from his family when necessary to get work done. And, unless he chose to […]

Monday Meet and Greet: Claire Silva

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Tell us about yourself! Hi! I’m Claire, and I’m a first year MA student. I have a BA in English from Penn State. I’m originally from Bethlehem, PA, so I’m really excited to be experiencing my hometown through a whole new lens. I’m primarily interested in the ways class is portrayed in American literature and the effect literature has on a reader’s class consciousness. In my spare time, I used to enjoy cooking and baking, […]

It’s My Money and I Want It Now?

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Money makes the world go round. The early bird gets the worm. Lover Boy’s “Working for the Weekend.” Thank goodness it’s Friday. All of us have, at some point or another, either heard from or told a friend, “I get anxious if I’m not doing something,” or, “I feel like I should be working.” The American forty-hour work grind is as much a part of our spirit as apple pie – after all, the unions […]

Meet and Greet Monday: Ethan Robles

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  Tell us about yourself! My name is Ethan Robles. I graduate from DeSales University in 2014. Before my time with Lehigh, I worked in undergraduate admissions at Lafayette College. My experience with my undergraduate professors drove me in college and has driven my desire to continue my education. Outside of Drown, I am a creative writer, theater enthusiast, lover of horror and science fiction, amateur conspiracy theorist, comic con attendee, a lover of history, […]

Give Me a Break!: The Benefits of Taking Time Off During Grad School

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“I didn’t get in anywhere…” I stared blankly at the final MFA rejection notice I’d received via email, and the sudden rush of nothingness flooded over me. Thousands of words, hundreds of dollars, tens of samples, CVs, and recommendations all culminated in eight. terse. rejections. As my cohort celebrated their doctoral acceptances or reveled in their new moves and career plans, I sat in a chair in the common room of Drown Hall utterly humiliated. […]

Meet and Greet: Shelby Carr

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Tell us about yourself! My name is Shelby and I am a New Jersey native, but I have been in the Lehigh Valley for almost a decade. I completed my undergrad at Penn State University where I majored in English and minored in Women’s Studies. My areas of academic interest are 19th century American lit, women writers, and the glorious short story. In my free time I enjoy hiking, crocheting, and napping. Why did you choose Lehigh? […]

Meet and Greet: Cherise Yan Juin Fung

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  Tell us about yourself! Hi! I’m originally from Malaysia and came to the U.S. in 2012 to pursue my B.S. at Kutztown. My background is in psychology, although I also picked up minors in political science and literature. I am happiest when I’m eating (as illustrated in my photo) and being a hermit. Why did you choose Lehigh? I chose Lehigh because I loved the smaller size of the department and the social justice […]

Fall: A Love Story

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It’s that time again, people. You know what I’m talking about. Somewhere there is a pumpkin latte brewing; shoe leather is being brushed and polished; and an argyle sweater is being resurrected from its storage box. That’s right: it’s fall, baby! And though I do love the marvelous array of color that fall brings, and my breath, in clouds, floating off on the crisp breeze, nothing says fall to me like the prolonged drone of […]

Tempus est Pecunia

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As any veteran graduate student who has worked on a thesis or dissertation for twelve or fifteen years can attest, time management can make all the difference between getting nothing done at all or just enough to get by. The team at here at Drown Unbound are no strangers to wrestling with the bugbear of time management ourselves (1). Especially in the interest of helping new graduate students in our community manage their time more […]