The Academic Job Market aka That Other Job You Signed Up For

By Aria S. Halliday (@Queen_Diva6) For many traditional* academics, the “job market” is the scary place you go to find the worth of your PhD. The “market” in the past twenty years has seen lots of changes and led to PhD programs scaring students into believing there’s only one right way to get a job. In my previous post, Learning How to Break Up, I … Continue reading The Academic Job Market aka That Other Job You Signed Up For

Writing While Away

By Aria S. Halliday (@Queen_Diva6)  For some graduate students of color, getting to A.B.D. (All But Dissertation—all requirements for the degree except dissertation have been completed) status is a recognition of one’s ability to do PhD level work. After courses, papers, exams (oral and written), and presentations, A.B.D. status is the hallmark of one’s doctoral journey because there are an estimated 50+% of graduate students … Continue reading Writing While Away

Run This Town Tonight

by The Ebony Tower Contributors  In the summer of 1992, when my limbs were still long and lean, and hips were but a distant dream, I double knotted my Ross purchased BKs, took my mark, and promptly whooped little Davie from down the street in a foot race. For one, hot, summer Saturday, I was the reigning champ of the neighborhood. I had beaten a … Continue reading Run This Town Tonight

Five Ways Improv Prepares You for Grad School

by Jeraul Mackey
My instinct is to question absolutes. So I wondered to myself, “Really? Hardest thing I will ever do?” I thought getting into Harvard would be the hardest thing. A PhD program certainly can’t be harder than improv, performing in front of huge crowds with no script and a clear mandate to make people laugh. Continue reading Five Ways Improv Prepares You for Grad School

5 Tips for Having a Healthy Relationship in Graduate School

by Aria S. Halliday
For me, graduate school was also a great place to figure out whether I could balance the lifestyle of an academic, in which you are constantly writing, and meeting, and collaborating, and thinking, and discussing, and teaching, and lecturing, with an “adult” relationship. Continue reading 5 Tips for Having a Healthy Relationship in Graduate School

The Issue of Graduate Student Unionization

by Eddie Kim   Graduate students at private universities across the country are preparing themselves for the end of August, 2016, when they expect the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to pass down a major decision concerning unionization laws at their respective institutions. Rather than engage with how the NLRB should rule on the case, this articles aims to aid those who are apprehensive or … Continue reading The Issue of Graduate Student Unionization