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 […]
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, […]
“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. […]
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? […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As the first full month of the semester begins, it is time to start making room in your schedule for all of the great events Lehigh has to offer. From mindfulness and reading groups to an assortment of fabulous lectures, there is much that’s worthy of a place on your calendar.
The editors of Drown Unbound welcome back all returning members of our community and bid a special welcome to the department’s new graduate students. While we hope that everyone enjoys a productive and positive 2017-18 academic year, we would feel remiss were we not to acknowledge the utterly grave historical moment in which we find ourselves at the start of this term.
I recently had the opportunity to attend Dr. Who?: A Careers Conference for Professional Humanists at Binghamton University. I want to share what I learned there to help other graduate students think about their career prospects in a more expansive and positive way.