Eighth Carnival of GRADual Progress
The Eighth Carnival of GRADual progress had an embarrassment of riches to choose from this month, as semesters took off, classes were underway and deadlines were approaching, research was undertaken and days came and went. It's all part of the business of being a graduate student. Thank goodness there are so many smart people writing about it so we can all be assured that we're not going out of our minds, or at least we're not going out of our minds alone.
Dealing With People and Politics:
At The Life and Times of a History Ph.D. Student, Life&Times talks about those difficult dynamics and the emotion of doing what you love. FemaleCSGradStudent blogs about the politics of being heard at department meetings. Anastasia writes about the tension between subfields and the evolution of an academic specialty.
Those tensions are hard to deal with between grad students, but sometimes the toughest relationships to negotiate are the ones with we have with our advisors. Geeka at When Do You Think You’ll Be Done?, Zelda Piled Higher and Deeper and Skookumchick at Rants of a Feminist Engineer write about the ups and downs of those relationships.
Anastasia writes about the possibility of teaching at a community college .
Ancrene Wiseass writes about the fear of your own syllabus and the challenges of putting a syllabus together. Heo Cwaeth solves the infuriating problem of the student who comes to class plugged into anything other than the material by introducing the Electronic Absence. Philosophy Factory has posted a note to her students.
The Business of Being a Graduate Student:
Working Writing Wailing Mama blogs about writing the dissertation (People do that, I hear.) LaKisha at 10 Year Plan blogs about the ups and downs of working in the archives. At Thought Bubbles, Yvonne writes an all-too-familiar post about the hell of a lit. review. FemalesCSGrad Student writes about time travel and the ideal panel discussion.
Hopeless Academic blogs about those days that just slip away from you, and at Chesterly, Rob talks about the music that saves those days and gets things moving. Zapaper at Chicago Bejing writes about the ordinary and extraordinary progression of days.
Sometimes the business of being a graduate student is about, at its foundations, the decision to continue. At Scrivenings, Scrivener writes a beautiful post about knowing it's time to let go of the dissertation.
Some Other Things:
Jim Gibbon's academic haiku contest came to an end when Jason Finley was declared a winner. I personally was very fond of styleygeek's contributions, as well.
Skookumchick at Rants of a Feminist Engineer has launched Scientiae, a carnival on science and gender.
The next Carnival of GRADual Progress will be held on or around April 15 at Fumbling Towards Geekdom. Check the Carnival website for updates and ways to submit a post for inclusion.