Category Archives: grad school

Reflections on Mama, PhD

My husband bought me Mama, PhD as a graduation gift. He thought I would appreciate the stories about “motherhood and academic life.”  In under a week, I tore through the anthology.  Divided into four sections, the editors captured women’s stories … Continue reading

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Ease in….

A year ago, a dear friend encouraged me to join her in a “Couch to 5K” running program. Before I had my kids, I ran for exercise, but I was hardly a “runner.” Never terribly “sporty,” I have been trying … Continue reading

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Now what?

When you have been actively engaged in accomplishing one specific task for an extended period of time and you actually achieve your goal or finish that project, the next day feels both exhilarating and confusing. On Monday, I filed all … Continue reading

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Commencement was my mother’s day

Pomp and circumstance. It gets me every time.

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The defense in the rear-view mirror

On Tuesday, I defended my dissertation project.  In the course of writing and editing and re-editing my project, I have heard many platitudes about the dissertation experience, and I have to admit that I was pretty tired of the rhetoric. … Continue reading

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When what you were writing becomes what you wrote

March was a blur.  February was a blur, too. I was teaching, polishing off the “final” draft of my dissertation, making presentations at a regional conference, and keeping myself afloat (and my personal life from coming apart at the seams). … Continue reading

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Surfacing

During the semester, there are rarely any un-busy moments.  At the start of the semester, I am usually crafting my syllabus until the last possible moment.  Or, I am hastily tying up loose odds and ends from a project or … Continue reading

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On academic chic

I have been writing in public spaces all over the campus where I’m teaching this semester. And I have felt totally overdressed.  Academic fashion is a delicate balance–how do you look professional enough to command authority in front of a … Continue reading

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Hurry up and hurry up again

Two weeks ago, I started this post on due dates and deadlines, and had finally settled on “Hurry up and wait” for the title because it captured the pacing of academic work.  Until this past week, my academic work followed … Continue reading

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A week in the life….

I have focused all sociological thinking on dissertation writing. Here’s what it looked like (including a shameless selfie shot):

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