Grad School Life

Arriving on campus as a graduate student for the first time. Feelin’ like a boss.

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Finally having access to an exclusive room closed to the undergraduate masses

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“You can register for as many undergraduate courses you like at no extra cost!”

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My thoughts on the rich world of contemporary theory

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When some obscure intellectual you love gives a guest lecture at your school

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Finishing that paper you’ve been writing for the past 18 straight hours

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That colleague who never makes a relevant point

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That blowhard professor who mansplains for hours at a time

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When you didn’t do the one reading today’s class is focused on

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When the moment of inspiration hits

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“Oh don’t worry, salaries for arts graduates tend to even out overtime…according to some studies…in some cases…maybe….”

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When that one academic surprises you and wins you over

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When a well-regarded feminist text doesn’t even bother addressing intersectionality

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That professor trying way too hard to stay current

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“So, English…what do you plan on doing with that?”

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Department drama! Let me just…

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When you don’t back up. (Always back up).

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Do I read for pleasure anymore? In an English Master’s?

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When your colleague says what you were trying to say, but better

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What you were hoping your social life would be

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What your social life actually is

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Snow day, you say?

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Networking effectively with your peers and superiors

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But finally, another semester down. How do I feel?

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