Category Archives: grad school

Beyond the Professoriate

May 7, 2016 is the three-year anniversary of my dissertation defense. Three. Years. Three years ago, my little daughter was 2, my oldest was 5. We were seriously muddling through day-to-day. Graduation day looked like this: I’d like to think … Continue reading

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Tackling “Should I Go to Graduate School?” (Part deux)

Last week I drafted a conversation between you and me if you asked me “Should I go to graduate school?” Thanks for reading (or for finding this post). I have to assume that I piqued your interest in graduate school … Continue reading

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The one where I tackle: “Should I Go to Graduate School?” (Part one)

Several former students have contacted me seeking letters of recommendation as they consider applying to graduate school, so I have been thinking about what I would say to them when we discuss their future plans. If you ask most grad students … Continue reading

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Students are people, too: When you’re the professor and the therapist and the career counselor…

Towards the end of last semester, a blog that I follow featured an essay entitled “I’m Your Professor Not Your Therapist.” In it, the author described feeling helpless and unprepared for dealing with students in crisis. The only advice offered … Continue reading

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The difference one year makes: on snow days

This week, I am in the middle of a solo parenting stint. Despite the last two stressful works days and the snow, I am feeling relatively calm. In fact, I could use a snow day. This time last year, a … Continue reading

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Forging ahead: reflections on the first non-grad school semester

The fall semester is grinding slowly to a halt.  If you told me on the first day of classes how this semester would proceed (family ups and downs, moving our whole life, moving the kids from one school to another, … Continue reading

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A post on Conditionally Accepted that is actually published

I remarked three weeks ago that I thought the semester was flying.  It is indeed a slippery one.  By my calendar, it is Week 9.  The great push towards the end of the semester is on. Today, I am excited … Continue reading

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