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While there are many "how-to" guides on completing an advanced degree program, there are few collections that center on the grad student experience from graduate students themselves. The purpose of this collection of essays is to share honest and humorous perspectives on the experience of completing an MS or PhD program (a degree that may or may not lead to a career in academia) while offering practical knowledge that could help other graduate students in successfully navigating multiple levels of academia.
Potential Essay Themes:
Being a “bad feminist” in academia
Directing your dissertation director
The dystopia of a dysfunctional committee
(Trans)Women surviving the academic patriarchy
Deadlines, paperwork, and sleep deprivation
Intimacy, alienation, and mapping personal relationships
Inhabiting the body of the so-called Other in academia
Teaching fails and successes
Research fails and successes
Completing the dissertation while navigating the job market
Losing yourself in the chaos of high expectations
Prioritizing (or not) self-care
Remembering why you chose to attend graduate school
Grieving while dissertating
Figuring out professional relationships: mentor, advisor, employer
Financial stress, ruin, and redemption(?)
When leaving academia is the only (sane) option
Learning to compromise while maintaining your vision
A good dissertation is a done dissertation
The struggle is real: imposter syndrome and self-loathing
Finding a community beyond the university
Trying to explain your work to parents, siblings, and extended family
First generation graduate student blues
Autobiographical essays will be the main feature of this work, but creative expressions such as the poetic essay, poetry, and illustrations will also be accepted.
1. If submitting an essay, send a 500 word abstract and a 250-300 word bio.
2. Illustrations and poetry should be sent in their entirety along with a 250-300 word bio.
Eloisa Valenzuela-Mendoza, PhD