A Favorite Sunday Ritual

When I began considering applying to graduate school, my mother told me I should read The New York Times to help build my vocabulary. So while studying for the graduate entrance exams, I started picking up the Sunday Times from a newsstand next to the burger joint I waitressed at. This quickly became a favorite weekly…

Grad Student Life: What Worked for Me in 2015

Grad school was crazy in 2015. I finished my courses, defended my prospectus, and even started writing my dissertation! Throughout the year, I struggled to maintain motivation, keep up confidence, and manage the workload (like many PhD students). Looking back on the year, 5 things stand out that helped me work through it: Hack the Commute: Audiobooks are Awesome. Audiobooks saved…

What I learned about Grad Life from Defending my Prospectus

This Spring, I successfully defended my dissertation prospectus. For those of you in the academic world, this milestone is familiar–but for those who are not, it means I presented a written plan detailing what I’m going to do for my dissertation research, how I’m going to do it, and why anyone should care. Defending a prospectus was surprisingly challenging for me, and…

5 Things I Learned about Grad Student Life in 2014

Graduate school is challenging, frustrating, fun, rewarding, and so much more. Here are the 5 biggest lessons I learned from being a grad student this year: Email is a monster that must be controlled. I definitely had moments this year where I felt overwhelmed. One of the overwhelming factors was that I felt like email was taking…