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shrinkmanextremo37 minutes ago
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You're not changing my mind about what I know is right.
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shrinkmanextremo58 minutes ago
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Before you act, ask yourself a few questions. Is acting necessary? What are you going to do? Why are you doing it? Are you acting for them or for you? Before you step in ask yourself this- who is this story about?
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wutheringjanean hour ago
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thinking abt how i feel confused abt my life Most of the time but when it comes down to it my essential wants have always been the same: eat good bread, kiss lots of women, gain the glow of an english teacher鈥檚 praise by whatever means possible
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shrinkmanextremoan hour ago
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We've been here before, and again I'll survive
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polyproticamory3 hours ago
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Met with my Environmental Lit professor today to go over a short essay I wrote and turned in yesterday, and I had a realization:
Grad school is one of the first times in my life when I feel like I鈥檝e been able to actually take constructive criticism. In elementary and middle school, I was 鈥済ifted鈥 and so was just praised for being 鈥渘aturally鈥 talented at school things. In high school, I felt really out of my depth almost all the time, and felt like a failure when receiving any kind of criticism. In college, I loved that I could sorta start over, but then felt anxious all the time again because I felt pretty average compared to my peers, and so never sought help for...anything (schoolwork, additional financial help, mental health, etc) since that would feel like a failure.
But in grad school, I feel like...I know where I fucked up in the past. I鈥檓 trying not to make the same mistakes now. If I make a mistake, it鈥檚 not the end of the world. The individual attention from interesting professors who care is so much better than a dehumanizing lecture hall (and small recitation sections don鈥檛 necessarily make this better, because the poor grad student is often underpaid and overworked and not that great鈥攕peaking as a poor grad student who鈥檚 trying to be better than any TA I had as an undergrad). I鈥檓 getting better at asking for help, and accepting the help that鈥檚 given.
There are absolutely some toxic things about grad school that need to be remedied. But there are some highlights, I think.
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clingylilkoala3 hours ago
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I鈥檓 gonna scream
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ejzah4 hours ago
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I think I鈥檝e found someone who鈥檚 an even bigger procrastinator than me.
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americachavz4 hours ago
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i keep telling myself that in three weeks i鈥檒l be a senior in college but then i realize credit-wise ive been i鈥檝e been a senior since like a semester ago and i go a bit insane
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ramyeonjpg-medium-quotes4 hours ago
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To professors in the position of designating textbooks: Choose one textbook. Unless multiple textbooks offer substantially more educational value than the one textbook, please consider how your choice will disproportionately affect students in poverty. With minimum wage at $15/hour, for example, a student has to work a full 7-hour shift to afford that additional $100 textbook. Is the additional educational value worth that much? Or can it be substituted by journal articles available free through the school library subscription?
https://medium.com/the-brain-is-a-noodle/why-custom-textbooks-are-definitely-not-the-cheaper-option-6f9b1cf59f49 / #AcademicChatter
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blackamericanist5 hours ago
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I'm tired of thinking about my own research. Anyone else want to tell me about theirs?
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cornfieldling6 hours ago
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Don鈥檛 let anyone fool you. This is what grad school actually looks like.
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bqstqnbruin6 hours ago
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I fully understand that I need to write this paper tonight because of my schedule tomorrow but none of me wants to
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carelessgraces6 hours ago
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hmm so looks like phd work isn鈥檛 gonna happen for me this year and i鈥檓 pretty fucking bummed about it
#(i Get that it's a very competitive pool this year bc there are so many applicants and so many schools not accepting applicants rn)#(bc covid! so i very much get that and i respect it)#(and frankly i even understand why some academic politics have probably factored in and i'm just tired at this point)#(but i would super love for my career to stop getting stopped and derailed)#(and maybe this is what i need! bc i'm gonna be caring for someone going thru chemo which means my time is not my own until it ends)#(and that's fine! i'm so on board with that. so maybe this is necessary)#(but it does mean moving - again - if i get in somewhere else when i apply in the fall)#(it means moving to another city and starting totally fresh at another school)#(going thru all the same 'hi my name is'-ing while trying to make friends - which i'm really bad at in academia bc i focus really hard - )#( - on school often to the exclusion of any real social engagement)#(and that's not really good for me)#(i'll have to develop new relationships with new professors)#(and i'm gonna be totally honest unless it's at oxford or cambridge or trinity idk how much i have in me for this)#(this would be grad school take 3 and i love academia but it's wearing me down like you wouldn't believe)#(i can take this year to do research on my own and start settling into What I Want and maybe start breaking away from the early modern)#(bc it seems like wherever i go in that field old bullshit catches up to me)#(and i'll start being productive abt it tomorrow but today i'm just sad)#(there's been a lot happening and i just. need a break. i very badly need a break.)#iv. tilting pretty sharply bitchward. ( marianning )#tw: negativity
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