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A blighted one

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    2016 Fall
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    English Literature

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  1. Sorry, I don't know anything about the Saucon Village Apartments, but I'm looking for housing in Bethlehem too, so I second this!
  2. I have a question about these! I have a Traveler's Notebook and I love it except for one thing....... it's hard to keep the notebook open for easy writing. Do you clip yours open when writing notes or am I just completely missing something? So far writing in it had been a bit of a hassle for this reason. Thanks!
  3. I was recently told by a PhD student friend of mine in the biological sciences that as a woman grad student you need to make sure not to dress "sexy" while on campus. This got me thinking about "dress codes" in the humanities and how they may (or may not) differ from those in STEM departments. A few questions (I'm curious about all male/female/non-binary dress codes, here): What is appropriate dress for an MA student when attending a seminar/class? How about while TA-ing/teaching a class? How nice will I be expected to dress? I'm not very fancy and will probably need to buy new clothes. I also generally wear tight pants and shirts. Would this be considered inappropriate or too "sexy" on campus? Thanks in advance!
  4. My advisor gave me this book, actually! I'll definitely be reading it soon. Thanks for the reminder!
  5. One year a long time ago, there were penguins who didn't wear hats when swimming. This made their mothers livid. "Unacceptable!" Frightened, they screamed, "Bears!" Nobody seemed convinced so instead of going swimming they tried juggling. Their mothers tried everything they thought would teach her a skill. However, she couldn't even make oatmeal without disastrous results. So, the penguins gathered money (obviously) trying to purchase a bear. Towering over them, a grizzly beast danced, devouring all bears with such ferocity that even God enjoyed it. Afterwards, God congratulated the penguins and applauded them. "You did it!" Suddenly, the grizzly beast started dancing vigorously. There was an acromantula nearby. It challenged the preconception that magical mushrooms were magical. Sparkling, the magical mushrooms were spreading throughout town. Nobody with pyromania thought grilled cheese would spontaneously erupt into nine identical squirrels! Nevertheless, the penguins elucidated the benefits of sparkling water from Iceland. Suddenly, Iceland exclaimed, "Enough!!! No more penguins. Kill all of the arcades on Monday because King Arthur suffered from sphenisciphobia." Tragically, everyone forgot lasers cure bug madness, meaning none of them stripped the violet beast of his powerful jaw bones. So while some arms spouted Kool-aid, others chopped nuts. This phenomenon halted commerce. Together twenty-five yellow dragons danced sporadically inebriating all anger gods, while academics drank champagne profusely. Who were they? Snotty undergrads eating free Tetrahydrocannabinol Chlorate. Homicidal kittens emerged from congressional hearings purring rhythmic improvised melodies, infuriating the associate professors who stripped them intermittently of all credentials. The incredulous kittens meowed like dragons farts. Except Bruno, who mewed like tinkling bells. Understandably, one chicken farted. Then, surreptitiously, two giraffes killed the conspicuous dragon. Audaciously, someone belched "RAWR!" Startled, four punks flew down from the Appalachian, a bit wide-eyed, and jumped into a brobdingnagian beam of protons, flipping fingers zestfully. Meanwhile, the paladins prophylactically committed themselves to diabolical plots. Therefore, lemonade became the de jure punishment for audacious
  6. Thanks to everyone who replied! I've never really been successful with the fake deadline thing, but I may be more so contextualizing it in relation to my other assignments and how long it takes me to complete certain tasks...
  7. Interesting! I'd never heard of this before but I will definitely give it a try! Thanks!
  8. I've been trying to get an idea of what my responsibilities will be in grad school a bit early so that I feel prepared when I begin in August. This (and @Wyatt's Terps) has got me thinking about time management and how, historically, I've been really bad at it! To my surprise, I could find much of anything about it on the forums, with this exception: I don't really have trouble staying organized but I find that I often procrastinate (a lot of the time without realizing it or because I'm not sure where to start/what to work on first, but mostly just because the extra stress that comes with knowing my assignment is due very soon motivates me to get it done in a way that starting my work earlier doesn't). Anyone willing to share ideas/tips/techniques that have helped them stay on top of their work? Thanks!
  9. I agree! As for time management...oh boy--this doesn't and never has come naturally to me. I'm the worst procrastinator. I wonder if there's a thread on here somewhere with tips on managing time effectively? **goes searching**
  10. Hi everyone, So I'm starting my MA in English literature this fall and I'm wondering if any of you would enlighten me as to how much reading I'll likely be assigned per week. I know this probably varies a lot depending on school/department/class, but if you could give me a rough estimate, that'd be super helpful. I want to make sure I get used to the expected pace before I start classes so I'm not totally overwhelmed. Thanks so much!
  11. Have declined MAs with funding at UW-Milwaukee, Oregon State University, and The University of Vermont in the last few days. Hope this helps someone out!
  12. As a few others have said, graduate school allows me to escape (at the very least, for 4-6 years) working a job that I hate and which pays me so little that I am far below the poverty line. In exchange, I get paid more than 2.5 times the money and am able to do something I enjoy and that is genuinely valuable for both myself and my students. I wouldn't choose to go back to being a "customer service representative" in the food service industry, nor back to being "the help" as a nanny even if it paid more than graduate school--which it obviously doesn't. Graduate school, for me, is an insane opportunity and a privilege that I don't take for granted. I'm not even expecting a job out of this at the end, and I don't care. Sheerly for the stability and personal fulfillment it provides, graduate school is a great option for me (and many others).
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