Sh*t I don’t know. Sh*t I do.

Hey Friends, I’ve been absent for a while. I didn’t mean to take time off in the middle of this series but sh*t happens. In particular, I’ve been going through what The Thesis Whisperer calls “The Valley of Shit.” I have been so close to calling it quits and walking away to do anything else.Continue reading “Sh*t I don’t know. Sh*t I do.”

Service Work and The Working-Class Academic

I was supposed to share this post yesterday but didn’t because I am *deep* in dissertation edits trying to defend this semester. I thought about apologizing but then I realized that nothing could more effectively prove that these pieces are coming from an actual PhD in the humanities than being late. Also, sorry. As I’veContinue reading “Service Work and The Working-Class Academic”

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Let me tell you three stories of working-class, first-generation PhD students. Story 1a: A friend needed to graduate at the end of the current semester or leave academia. She had run out of funding and, without the tuition waiver of a TA appointment, would have to pay out-of-state tuition if she stayed another semester. ItContinue reading “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know”

Weekly Roundup!

Get ready, y’all! First, we’ve got a series of graphs looking at first-generation PhD students compiled by the NSF. The information isn’t exactly cheery but it is necessary. Five years ago Inside Higher Ed did a series on first-gen grad students. We think it’s worth revisiting some of their articles below: Imposter Syndrome–I particularly appreciateContinue reading “Weekly Roundup!”

WTF: Working-Class Academics

I’ve been putting off introducing this month’s theme: working-class and first-gen PhD students because it’s personal and because I don’t know where to start with something that is, simultaneously, so big and so close to home. Let me start with why I’m addressing this topic at all. A month ago, I wanted to do a WeeklyContinue reading “WTF: Working-Class Academics”