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

These posts recount my second year of work on my Ph.D. in English Literature & Criticism. In many regards, I am dubbing this summer’s worth of graduate studies “The Battle for Relevancy” since I am quickly coming to the conclusion that my career lies more closely in line with teaching developmental English and not teaching literature.

My Road to the Ph.D.: A Wrong Turn?


I feel disappointed in many regards that my posting this summer has been so minimal.  It’s hard to keep a record of something if you don’t write things down, right?  Still, it’s been a busier and far more frustrating summer … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Adapt and Overcome!


“Adapt and Overcome!“ I remember hearing this all of the time as an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet and then as a junior officer while in the Field Artillery.   Far more often than not, we were confronted … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Sources of Amusement…


Question of the Day:  How do you amuse yourself and what good does it do you? If you break down the word amuse you see two part: a/muse.  Muse is another word for “think.”  When we refer to the Muses of … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Not Exactly The Start I Was Hoping For…


I was really thrilled when the opportunity to take a course on the evolution of the graphic novel came up in the Summer 2011 course catalog.  Could there have been a more perfect fit for me?  Probably not.  So of course, … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Year Two


This past Tuesday I arrived back in Indiana, PA to begin my second summer of doctoral study, and aside from two independent studies I’ll be doing next year, this will pretty close out my time as a student.  Whoa. I’m … Continue reading

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