Conference packing pt. 2
Conference packing pt. 2
Two helpful grad school advice books about the future
Hi all, taking a break from reading to say I’ve just finished these two excellent books, which have helped me wrap my head around 1) getting a job, & 2) writing a dissertation. If you have anxiety about the future (everyone in grad school?) these made me feel more in control of the big picture.
1) The Professor is In: This book hurts. Karen Kelsky is here to administer all the tough love you may not be getting from your advisor. Best advice snippets: don’t wait to be invited to do things (submit to conferences, submit to journals), you need to push yourself to put it all out there if you want a job; and try to identify 1 or 2 mentors outside of your department/elsewhere in your field, with tips on how to build relationships with them.
2) Destination Dissertation: This book is kind of the opposite of tough love. It’s more like, “hey, if you’re in the humanities/social sciences, here are 12 steps to write your dissertation, it will only take 12, we promise.” This book has calmed me down a lot about the impending dissertation. I picked it up early (I’m a second year PhD) and I’m glad I did because it was worth reading the chapter about picking a topic this early in my studies.
Alright, back to work. Happy Sunday all! Does anyone have more good grad school advice books they would recommend?
What to wear to grad school visit weekend, part 3.
If you’re already in, you still want to look a little nice. Put a blazer on it!
What to wear to grad school visit weekend, part 2.
Skinnies and a button up toe the line between business and student. Don’t forget comfy flats and a notebook!
Gotta get back to this now that winter break is over.
Q & A: What do I wear to teach or TA as a graduate student?
This was my first question when I was admitted to a Masters program–how fancy do I need to get? A few business casual items can go a long way toward building your teaching wardrobe. Some to start with:
A nice cardigan (thrifted, here’s a good one), and a blazer
I basically mix these items in with my casual tees, dresses, and jeans for teaching purposes.
Conference packing: what’s in my day bag edition.
I usually spend 80% of conference time dealing with feeling bad. The mix of no sleep and lots of germs is never a good one. Here’s what I keep on me at all times: Advil, tums, bandaids, moleskin, foldable flats for when my shoes kill me, water, snacks, writing utensils and notebook, laptop, business cards, hand sanitizer, and oil blotting face sheets.