• Kate, I very much appreciate you driving me to get xrays this week – even if you stole my headphones in the process. Lesson learned: don’t email and walk, kids. It’s not worth it. A good thing did come out of the most embarrassing fall down a single step to ever take place, I got so much work done. With an ankle out of commission, I was stranded in a chair all day. New study tip? If you need to get work done for 8 hours straight, give yourself a bad sprain. Seriously though, this week I want to chat about staying focused. We’re so close to the end, don’t give up now.... Read More
  • So now that you've learned about the topic of my research, you're probably wondering: where did I find all this information? (At least, that's the question that keeps appearing in my committee's comments - SOURCE???)   Thanks to my previous experience, I had a good idea of the depositories and archives to visit for the materials I needed. I started my research by looking through the records of the Ladies' Branch of the Port Society on loan to the New Bedford Whaling Museum - lots of meeting minutes, scrapbooks, and newspaper articles documenting the group's existence. I... Read More
  • The cost of education is ridiculous. It’s not just the tuition itself though. It’s everything associated with it and a lot of those “required” materials come from dubious sources. The College Board has a monopoly on costly, ineffectual standardized tests which, thank the gods, are seemingly on their way out the door. Certain online programs that professors require cost a hefty fee, sometimes charging for a year’s subscription even though you only need their services for one semester. Textbooks cost a mint and are often dominated by Texan education boards. Need I say more... Read More
  • Kate,   Enrollment is right around the corner, you ready?   I guess as a nursing student, the answer for you is a resounding yes. Your program is small and structured. You’ve often told me that the rooms and class times are arranged so that all the nurses’ schedules can work with the classes they have to take. Plus, no one but nurses ever really enroll in nursing classes. Y’all are some lucky ducks.   As a lowly political science plebian, I’ve had to spar my way through the SPIRE enrollment arena with the rest of the common folk. Granted, being a dork in high school... Read More
  • Kate,   I started slurring my words during the News meeting this week. No, I wasn’t drunk. Just extremely tired. This Sunday marked my first all-nighter of the semester. Making it to midterms before having to pull one isn’t too shabby, right? I certainly wish I hadn’t had to pull one at all.   I got back from editing the Collegian around 1 a.m. and sat down at the kitchen table in my apartment to start the work I didn’t do over spring break. I like to think I had a good excuse, you know? I was working on LSAT prep for hours each day at home. Then again, the reason I was... Read More
  • This is the first of three posts for #MyResearchStory, giving a general overview of my thesis topic and the progress I've made over the last six months. I've taken you through the highs and lows of thesis research and writing, but not I wanted to share what it is I've been doing and how all this craziness fits together.    As I've mentioned before, my thesis looks at a women's organization in New Bedford, Massachusetts, at the height of the whaling industry. It's entitled "Charity as Coercion: The Ladies' Branch of the New Bedford Port Society, 1833-1880." I initially... Read More
  • I know it’s a little early for me to be waxing poetic about the CHC experience – graduation is still VERY far away – but it was for an assignment. Each BDIC student has to write a “Senior Summary” as their final graduation requirement. It’s half assessment – what did you actually do for your curriculum, what did you learn, what skills did you acquire, etc. – but it’s also half reflection on your BDIC career. It allows me to review what I’ve accomplished, and think about how to present it to future employers or graduate schools.   I actually applied for BDIC after taking an... Read More
  • So I was able to send off the first draft of my thesis to my Committee Chair, and we've slowly been working our way through each chapter. It's daunting to sit in a room with a really smart person in your field and have them give you constructive criticism. It's intimidating and scary, and that's amplified when you look at all the changes you have to make.    First drafts are supposed to have mistakes, and I have a lot of them. When you're writing, it's hard to see the thesis as one, complete idea - there are lots of discrete parts to it. How do these chapters fit together... Read More
  • I discovered a while ago that laughter catches people’s attention. They want to know what the joke is. Even if you’re not actually laughing at anything, people around you will be curious if they hear you. I was studying with some friends in a random classroom the other night. It was quiet and productive, the silence only punctuated by the occasional joke. That is, until two girls walked in. I’d never seen them before in my life, but they came in laughing and I couldn’t keep my eyes off of them. I don’t think any of my friends could either. One girl in particular was... Read More
  • Last week I talked about how you should plan around snow days and inclement weather in order to keep up with work. Well, this week looks like it’s going to be mostly clear, so you won’t have any excuses for missing class short of car failure or dismemberment. What drives me nuts more than anything else I’ve encountered on this campus is how frequently students skip classes. I get that sometimes you have a project or paper that you haven’t had time to finish and take an extra class period to bang it out. It’s not ideal, but I can understand it. I’ve been there. However,... Read More

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