How I Survived Grad School, Part III

Strike 3: Welcome to the Circus Several months had passed since I resigned from my position when I began a group study for my last comprehensive exam. It was with two Masters students and for five months, the three of us met weekly covering all the major topics, authors and debates.  We were quite proud of ourselves […] Read more…

Frustration

How I Survived Grad School, Part II

Photo by Bernard Goldbach Strike 2: The Muppet Show After the first debacle, a few months went by with relative stability. My committee and I did our best to meet our responsibilities to the faculty and students in the form of scheduling brown bag luncheons, colloquia and comprehensive exam review sessions with professors. During this […] Read more…

How I Survived Grad School, Part I

Photo by e-magic (Eric) What sane person enters a PhD program at age 22?! I uprooted myself from my home in NYC to start an MA/PhD program in Florida in 2005. I know, I couldn’t have picked a nicer place to live. My interest since high school in women and development issues led me to […] Read more…

Welcome to A Desi New Yorker!

So here’s what happened: I had been a career student from the time I was 3 years-old. I successfully graduated from nursery school, elementary school, one of the top public high schools in New York City, a public university on a full scholarship and landed myself in a doctoral program with a fellowship. I’ve done […] Read more…

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