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I did it, I did it!!! Completed my final full semester at Hawkeye with a 4.0 GPA!! 🌟🌟
(I still have two classes to take during the summer before starting nursing school in the fall) It’s this moment at the end of every semester that makes everything worth it. All the pain, fatigue, stress, anxiety…. It’s worth it. This semester I took Abnormal Psychology (99.49%), Cultural Anthropology (98.95%), and Microbiology (95.62%). I actually fell in love with Microbiology and will definitely miss it! But I’m so excited to start nursing school in the fall where all my classes will be about my passion, nursing! 🌟💗

Now I just need to not mess up my GPA with the 6-week A&P II class I’m taking this summer…

When “women, you may not know this now, but you will come to learn, you are second class citizens.” becomes a phrase that is not met with disapproval in a college class, one knows feminism has gone too far. 

Reducing women to a status of “lesser” and forcing them to accept that status for a grade is nothing but disgusting. 

And accepting it? Women, really? You’re more than that. Nothing is actually stopping you, take charge of your own life. 

So...

Been trying to decide on what to do as my focus on in grad school

Know that I want to do a cultural anthropology degree

Kind of really like the idea of doing something with online communities?

Specifically how queer youth develop community online ?

But every professor I’ve talked to about it says that “web anthropology” isn’t really a thing

One professor told me that it was “too new” for him to help me with bc he has been a prof since the 80s

And another prof told me that it’s so “cutting edge” that I wouldn’t be able to find a professor who specializes in such a thing

I’m not really sure if I should find something different to study since Everyone I spoke to was p discouraging ;w;

If anyone has some advice or is doing something similar I’d love to hear from you!

You can tell what’s informing a society by what the tallest building is. When you approach a medieval town, the cathedral is the tallest thing in the place. When you approach an eighteenth-century town, it is the political palace that’s the tallest thing in the place. And when you approach a modern city, the tallest places are the office buildings, the centers of economic life.
—  Joseph Campbell

I found this while perusing Facebook. (No actual source to attribute it to, unfortunately.) It’s a great reminder that culture is something so complicated and deeply personal, it’s not something to be borrowed or stereotyped. From an anthropological standpoint, all of the elements of deep culture, and many of the surface elements require fieldwork and integration into that culture to even partially understand them. 

Things I learned my first year of grad school

1. Trust yourself. Let’s face it: anyone in grad school is all too familiar with impostor syndrome (and anyone who says they aren’t might be lying haha). This year has been an exercise is trusting myself with knowing that I worked my ass off to be where I am and I’m just as smart as the people sitting next to me. My awesome cohort has become a bunch of people who have motivated me to push myself this year, harder than I have before, to step out of my comfort zone/personal boundaries. 

2. Find (a) community. Grad school will be one of the most isolating undertakings (especially if you’re moving alone). It’s important to find people outside of your department that you can hang out with. Everyday will be a mental exercise so it’s important to have normal conversations with people outside of your own field. 

3. “You should never not be reading.” Yup. Just keep reading. This is one of the easiest years you’ll have (and believe it or not– the most free time you’ll have).

4. “Work is never done. It’s just turned in.” The papers you write right now are essentially building the foundation for your thesis or dissertation. Take advantage of every course and use them to build a framework for the larger undertakings looming just ahead. 

5. Keep a space that is a work-free zone. Have a place that is dedicated to just lounging or relaxing. For me this was my apartment. I made sure that my apartment was, for the most part, a place where I could go to escape the craziness of everyday work and grading. 

6. It’s okay to say no. You’re probably going to have ten events happening on the same day/in the same week. It’s perfectly fine to say you can’t make it to some of them. You really can’t be in six places at once and mentally even more so! 

7. Remember to have fun. Whether it be nights in binge watching a tv show (big ups to Bobs Burgers) or a night out on the town. Remember to do something, anything fun for yourself. 

21/100 days of productivity:

today was a really nice day even though this morning was still raining a lot and my shoes were wet, and my socks too, and my toes were freezing and enough with “and”, maybe?!

- i met a friend and we had breakfast together with a nice cappuccino and we went to our old high school to say hi to a few teachers we really like, and miss, too actually.

- then i met another friend that i haven’t seen in more than like two months?! so that was pretty nice too

- a girl commissioned a tattoo design so i worked on that all evening and i’m deeply happy because it’s coming out really good

- i decided to read the first chapter of the book i started for my history (of anthropology) class

- i packed my stuff for tomorrow because i’m going to study tomorrow morning with my girlfriend in the library

- now i’m in bed cuddling my dog and it feels so nice to be finally under the sheets, it’s so warm and relaxing

p.s. i miss passing by this flower shop, how cute is it?!?

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anonymous asked:

Hey, I'm looking to study cultural anthropology when I go to university in a couple of years. Are there any 'beginner's guide to anthropology' type books you would recommend? I love your blog by the way!

Thanks for the blog love!

It’s funny that you should ask about this. I was recently out with a group of anthropologists that I went to university with and we were actually lamenting the lack of cultural anthropology writings that are accessible to the general public.  This discussion was started by a journal article that was complaining about the same thing. Except the journal article was written in such technical language, that even the anthropology professor in our group was having a hard time following the article! None of us were really aware of anything that was really targeted to non-anthropologists.  (Maybe my followers know of some and can make some suggestions??!!)

All of my  “beginner’s guide to anthropology” books are actually text books, which can be quite expensive. My intro to cultural anthropology text was “Cultural Anthropology” by  Barbara D. Miller and Penny Van Esterik.  The current version of this book is about $140 (Canadian) but I see some older versions are much cheaper (around $15 Canadian for a used one). I found this to be a good foundation for the terminology and general concepts related to cultural anthropology. 

Looking at my book shelf, everything else seems to get very specific. I have a lot on the First Nations and a whole mess of archaeology books.  

I did find a general listing of books that I made some time ago: LINK.  @anthrocentric added several good ones to that list and maybe they have more to add to this post as well.

Good luck in your future studies!