It's spring semester ya'll, and for me, that means graduation season is almost upon us. If you're like me, "Omg," "fml," "I'm so behind," etc. will be screams heard 'round the world (and certainly from me) as we draw closer and closer to defense dates and final submission deadlines for the graduate school. As I think … Continue reading 8 Useful Graduation Gifts for the (Almost) Ph.D. in Your Life
Just before I began the first semester of my graduate program, I nervously drafted an email to my advisor. To my surprise, I had been accepted into a program that would help me fulfill my goal of a rewarding career in health education. But part of me thought maybe the selection committee had made a huge … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Reflections on Graduate School 10 Years Later
Finals are around the corner and presentations are happening right now. If you're like me, you probably have four finals, a report due for work, five presentations, and a bunch of other deadlines that sneak up on you after Spring Break. Have no fear; there is a way to Beyoncé through your presentations. (For advice … Continue reading Beyoncé Level Presentations
After writing extensively for three weeks, waiting off and on for written results for another three weeks, and then anxiously counting down the days until the oral defense of my preliminary exams...it happened. I was FINALLY a Doctoral Candidate! It was by far the happiest moment that I have experienced since getting the call with my … Continue reading “I Expect You to do Well”: Diary of a High-Achieving Black Girl
Last week, a few articles discussing the importance of being more child-like regarding professional life were highlighted in my blog subscription emails. This post will focus on the "Adulting is Killing your Vibe--Master these Toddler Moves Stat" from Shine and "8 Reasons Thinking Like a Child Will Make You Happier" from Mental Floss stood out … Continue reading Unleashing your Inner Child to Master Graduate School
As the graduate school years go by you will find that you will be hit questions left and right. Ugh... At some point, they will start to haunt you like the Thriller MJ taught us about. And while most people mean no harm, it begins to feel like people are intentionally disrupting your space and happiness … Continue reading Here Come the Questions: 25 Things NO Grad Student Wants to Hear
“I’ve been robbed!” and then the tears fell. “My entire Dissertation is on there what do I do?!? Somebody help me!” more tears fell. This happened to somebody I knew who had their laptop stolen and had planned to graduate in less than 12 weeks. The look of distraught on their face shook me to … Continue reading A Cautionary Tale *With Advice!*for Doctoral Students
Recently, a friend asked me to help her decide if she should apply for a new job. The description of the job read like it was perfectly designed for her and she was very excited about the opportunity. When I asked why she was unsure, she said “I don’t meet the qualifications in the last … Continue reading Don’t Believe the Lie!: 3 Ways to Combat Imposter Syndrome
Greetings Cite a Sista Family, As I am writing this, we are on the eve of what could potentially be a very difficult night for many of us. This month’s Cite a Sista chat focuses on us as Black women being too educated to be loved. What a concept? I want to acknowledge that I … Continue reading Bae is Great, But I’m Tired!
Graduate school is not very demanding. *Record Scratch* Said. No. One. Ever. Every time I check my email or look at my calendars I have a looming deadline, new suggestions for a meeting, or request for my attendance at an event. Prior to grad school, I prided myself on setting time to complete various tasks … Continue reading “Time Management” in Grad School? Whet?