Monthly Archives: June 2010

My Road to the Ph.D.: The Half-Way Point


Sometimes good questions aren’t always safe but they’re often the ones that produce the most worthwhile answers. Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: All Quiet on the Western Front… of PA.


It is an intense program and requires you to be intellectually “on” pretty much from morning straight through until evening. After speaking to many of my classmates, I find this intensity challenges each of us in our own quiet way. Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: The Long Highway


This summer, of course, is only the first half of the trip. Next summer, begins the second half as I finish the rest of my coursework on this very rewarding–but challenging–road to my Ph.D. Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: At a Crossroads–or, Where Do I Go From Here?


As a Ph.D. student, there is the expectation that we will write a dissertation about a particular field of study often narrowing that focus to a particular time period. So, I am at a crossroads here in Indiana, PA. American or Medieval? Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: A Short Detour…


Tonight, however, I’d like to focus on part of the trip that got me to this point–specifically, the students I’ve taught in the past. In spite of all the other stuff that went on this past year, I will definitely miss working with a good number of my high school kids because I did have a great year watching them push their own boundaries and grow. Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: I Was Run Over By a Faulkner…


In essence, once you’ve discovered that you’ve fallen off the plot line, he simply proceeds to run you over with more details leaving you with the feeling of being literary road kill. Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: The Bubble


I’ve come to realize that I am now living in a bubble–a vacuum that does not take the real world into consideration. Continue reading

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