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Staying Productive While Off-Campus: Online Resources

I’m spending this academic year in Athens, Greece. (Why yes, you should be envious.) It’s easy to get distracted from work, but here are some tools that help me continue my research as usual even when off-campus.

The U-M Virtual Private Network (VPN). The U-M VPN connects your computer to the university’s network, both helping keep your connection secure and allowing you to use any web-based resources just like you would on the U-M campus. Since the VPN connects you to a U.S.-based network, it also allows you to access resources that are only available in the U.S. when you are abroad. Click here for more information.

The view from a street corner I walk by almost daily.

A Productive Day

7:30 a.m. I hear a loud noise which I quickly identify as my alarm clock. I wake up at an earlier time than I would have wanted to. The guilt of not having been productive on the previous day gets me out of bed.

10:00 a.m. I finally manage to get myself out of my studio in the West side of town. As I walk downtown, I decide that the windows at Literati would inspire me to get some work done.

10:30 a.m. Literati is unsurprisingly full. I can’t get a table there. I feel a quick rush of jealousy for the people who have managed to get themselves to work earlier than me. I am forced to think of a plan B.

Rethinking Advocacy: Organizing and Racial Justice Work in Higher Education

I am reminded of my first day of college when I think about Dr. Edward A. Bouchet’s experiences as the first African American person to earn a Ph.D. in the U.S., from Yale University, and the importance of advocacy when thinking about addressing racial disparities in enrollment and retention. I remember after my first day, one of my best friends (who was white) asked me, “Austin, how did it feel to be on a campus where you weren’t around your own, like in high school?” The question stunned me—partly because we did not always talk about race so explicitly, and partly because he recognized the few numbers of black students before I did.

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