The Comprehensive Exams Process

As I mentioned in my last post, this semester I am preparing to take my comprehensive exams. The structure of these exams varies greatly based on the university and department. For mine, the standard is that you work with your committee members to create reading lists (roughly 60 sources per list), which then prepares you […]

New Year New Goals

Happy New Year everyone! I have always loved New Year’s because it is a chance to start fresh and revisit my goals. I have several goals for this year, but one of them is to write more on this blog. Since starting graduate school (I’m on year 4 now! Two years of the masters and […]

‘O Me! O Life!’: Taking My Own Advice

One of the shortest of Walt Whitman’s great poems, ‘O Me! O Life!’ was featured in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society: Robin Williams’s character recites it to his class. ‘O Me! O Life!’ contains many of the features of Walt Whitman’s greatest poetry: the free verse rhythm, the alternation between long and short lines, […] […]

The Power of Positive and Negative Talk

This semester I am teaching Interpersonal Communication for the first time. The class focuses on relationships and how they are formed, maintained, and/or destroyed through communication. One of the required readings for the course is the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. In Chapter 1 of the book, Gladwell discusses the psychologist John Gottman, author of […]

Back to basics

It’s been over three years since I last wrote on this blog. I considered deleting it multiple times, but then I would hold off for the hope that I could one day go back to writing just for fun. In the time that has passed, I got married to my wonderful partner Jason, we got […]