history grad


what’s in my bag!

my bag is a madewell transport tote. this is the first year I’ve had it, so I can’t say yet how well it’ll hold up, but so far I loooove it. 

in my bag, no matter what, is always my makeup bag, earbuds, a charger, and my keys. that, along with some cash and cards, will get thrown into the zip pocket of my bag. when I’m going to class, I’ll usually have my iPad and bluetooth keyboard and my clipboard. I’ll be going to one of my schools via public transportation, so it’ll be good to have something to write on. 

of course, I’ll need textbooks - the number will depend on the day. my writing utensils go into my cute sewing pattern pencil case I got from a friend for graduation. I have a binder for each class, but I haven’t decided if I’ll be taking that each day, or a file folder of just what I need for that class. my planner this year is a day designer (and I am in love).

then I have my water bottle, sometimes my travel tumbler, and SNACKS. my strategy in college was always have more snacks in your bag than textbooks, and let me tell you, I made many a friend that way. so if you take only one thing away from me, let it be that!


Venezia, Italy
December 2016

A small city with no cars, amazing architecture and bridges, and gorgeous views at every turn. Gondolas move slowly through the small canals, serenading the passengers with beautiful songs.

Thousands of tourists cramp each and every place, each struggling to take the best Instagram worthy shots (guilty as charged). We were lucky enough to be at the northern parts of the city, far away from all the mayhem.

I live a most wonderful life. 😍

Happy New Year!

anonymous asked:

I am just starting my graduate studies in history next year, what are you studying exactly? How is going? And do you have any tips for someone just starting?


Currently, I’m in my final semester of my masters program. All I’m really doing now is finishing the last chapter of my thesis (the draft is due in a few weeks!). My specialization is Tudor/early Stuart England, and the thesis is on funeral monuments (like this one). My program is great and it’s given me some opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise. You didn’t specify where you’ll be going, but my experience is based on attending an American university. 

1. Start thinking about thesis topics now

You’ll be surprised how quickly you need to decide on your advisor and project (if you’re in a PhD program you may have tentatively committed to one). If not, go back to the dept page and re-familiarize yourself with the professors and their specialties. Skim over their publications too. When you applied you probably stated who you would be interested in working with so make sure that’s what you want and that a project would be feasible with the faculty. If you want to write a thesis on patronage in 18th century Russia and there is no faculty doing Russian/Slavic studies you’re going to need a new topic. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the professors either.  

2. Get involved!

Look up organizations and opportunities open to grad students. Find at least one to join. In my experience this is way less talked about but really important. There are not a lot of chances to meet other grad students outside of your department the way there is in undergrad. Try out a few groups until you find one you like. They’re dealing with the same schedules you are so they normally meet in the evenings and have events like happy hours or other laid back meetups. There’s also likely some sort of graduate senate or student government equivalent to join. You’ll, A. Realize how many grad students there actually are on campus, and B. feel a lot more connected/involved. As you stop taking actual classes and focus primarily on your thesis the experience can be isolating. Having a group going through the same process will help. You don’t have to jam pack your calendar, but don’t let your social life fall to the wayside either. Some struggle with this and others don’t, but make time for being with others. Giving yourself a break will prevent burnout.

3. Your first semester may be an adjustment. 

People have been telling us since kindergarten that it gets harder. Middle school requires more than elementary school, high school won’t put up with middle school antics, and you’ll have to step it up to make it in college because in high school you had it easy. That was an empty threat most of the time, but it really did get harder in grad school. The standards go up, and the work gets more intensive. Don’t get discouraged if this happens. The work is harder, but the results are quick. My writing improved the most my first two semesters, and I’m grateful for it now. Most first years I’ve met regardless of program seem to go through this to varying degrees. Professors are trying to make you better- not to be mean- so if you’re stuck just go see them. They know they are challenging you and are a great resource. Also line by line editing takes forever, so take advantage of a pro going through your writing.

As a personal anecdote, one time in undergrad I got my first C on a paper. It was my first 400 level class, so I was less than thrilled I was going to have to do this three more times. I asked the professor for more feedback and ways to improve it. A week later I got back a paper that had been pulled apart line by line and covered with notes. It felt awkward asking (and it’s never fun getting critiqued), but I got an A on everything else I handed in that semester. 

4. Pretty much every event is catered so take advantage.

Don’t take this as something to be intimidated by. There are lots of things I like about grad school, but I tried to stick what would be most helpful. It’s is a great experience. Your skills will improve leaps and bounds, and you’ll learn a lot about the profession. I’ve met some wonderful people. It’s a heavier workload, but it’s a lot more interesting too. Good luck!

20/100 | Thursday 3 December 2015

  • All day in the library as a bunch of my books are reserve, some for just a few hours (even though I’m pretty sure no one else needs these).
  • Jogged in the morning outside, so no treadmill at night.
  • And yes, reading one of our own articles as a timeout!

one of my fave bits of early characterization in trb is when blue shows persephone ganseys journal.

“it’s not mine” / “well i can see THAT […] it’s taking him forever to find this thing. you’d have already found it.”

that’s such a sweet. idk. tells us something about gansey tells us something about blue, esp as gansey has already been described as possessing a talent for Finding. the sensible as opposed to the airy. gansey hunts for sleeping kings and blue wouldn’t lose her damn journal.

also, gansey being a slave to the aesthetic is hilarious. his journal is described as “an academic work of art” bc of all the cut out pasted things but it’s ALSO described as being full of doodles of cars going fast i love my son!! like he’s a fucking history grad student grandpa at age 17 but he’s also a 17yo who draws cars all over his research and loses it at the local pizza place. i LOVE him.

Now every single crack every penny that I pass,
Says I should either leave or pick it up
But with every single buck I’ve made
I’m saddled with bad luck that came

The moment I was baptized
Or when I found out one day I’m gonna die
If only I could find my people or my place in life
And when they came a'carolin’
So loud, so bright, the theremin
Will lead us to a chorus
Where we’ll all rejoice and sing a song that goes:

Oh, be calm!
Be calm!
I know you feel like you are breaking down!
I know that it gets so hard sometimes.
Be calm!
Take it from me, I’ve been there a thousand times.
You hate your pulse because it thinks you’re still alive!
And everything’s wrong!
It just gets so hard sometimes.
Be calm!

from “Be Calm” by fun.

The colorful squiggles were provided by my two year old son.

Mar 12-19 - Eames Does Shit [Concussion Blogging]
  • RLST (BA Thesis - BS Seminar): polished thesis draft [3/18]
  • MAPH (MA Thesis - Work): Partial Draft 10-15pp [3/15]; Partial draft 15-20 [3/31]; Complete Draft 25-35pp [4/17]; Thesis Abstract [5/8]; Thesis [5/19]
  • ARTH (Modernism on the Margins): three annotated bibliography entries on the topic of modernism [3/17]; final paper [3/16]
  • ARTH (Reading Artists Writing): final paper [3/15]
  • SPAN (Theater and Performance in Latin America): final paper [3/17]
  • @avventurierisenzapaura homebrews:  The Cult of the Keeper; CTA Dungeon Crawl; Pandemonium Day; Police Station Dragon; Lich in the Library; Tooth Fae, Snow Day, the funeral of Cuthbert Enlon, flesh out Bayla Delve, the creature from the Michigan lagoon, Jeopardy!
  • Maybe the real campaign was the friends we made along the way? [3/18]: area maps (0/6), set piece encounter maps (0/7), random encounter tables (0/7), NPC name table, Items table, type up handwritten notes
  • Classical Entertainment Society: bring KBP and Bacchae props and costumes to CES Storage, CES storage inventory
  • Attori Senza Paura: rework High Noon Hijinks, write the real estate drama
  • Sundry Chores: ship thread-up clean out bag, ship goodwill donation, go to ups store, take out trash, clean bathroom, pick up dry cleaning

I think this is my last week of concussion blogging…