Category Archives: My Road to the Ph.D.: Year One

This set of blog posts recounts my initial experiences while working on my Ph.D. in English Literature & Criticism. I have atrocious handwriting and while the idea of journal writing always appealed to me, I knew I was limited by this practical constraint. So here they are! My online journal entries and hopefully something of interest to whomever happens upon them.

My Road to the Ph.D.: Year One (and a Half)


As of late, my blog has focused on my teaching experience since my return from Indiana, PA this past August. ┬áTo say that my work on my doctorate came to halt, however, wouldn’t be a fair assessment despite it having … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Summer 2010 Wrap Up


I finish my last class this afternoon and wrap up my first summer of doctoral study here at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Here are a few things I’ve learned this summer (in no particular order)… Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Candidacy


There are two exams a Ph.D. student will take: the first being the doctoral candidacy exam and the second being the competency exam. I’ll be taking mine in May of 2011. Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Moving into August


It is nearly August. August is going to be a month full of change–some good, some… different. Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: High Risk Environments Kill Students


We might have had a few authors and works that we needed to understand the significance of, but what I can say is that the lesson that was reiterated to me was that high risk environments kill students. Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Students are NOT a “Waste of Time”


I was supposed to empathize with them for their frustrating experience of teaching a class that wasn’t intellectually stimulating enough for them, but I really feel bad for those students who had professors who neither know how or cared enough to learn how to properly teach and work them. Continue reading

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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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