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Reflection on Commencement

Throughout graduate school, I consistently heard from recent graduates that turning in the final copy of your dissertation—one of the most significant educational milestones—is one of the most anti-climactic. I always thought, “No, that’s not how it will be for me! How is that even possible?” And then I found myself in the basement of Rackham. I was turning in my dissertation and, much to my surprise, was underwhelmed with emotion. It felt comparable to turning in a small homework assignment and receiving a piece of paper with a “gold star” in return. As a graduate student, it is easy to lose sight of the big moments, and if you don’t intentionally make a point to celebrate them, no one will.

Dealing with Death: An "Out of This World” Ethic of Care

This past month has been rough. I have lost a father, a mentor, and a staff member in my department in the span of three weeks. These three deaths were soul-crushing, inviting me to consider what it means to deal with sorrow and despair while managing an array of expectations and demands.

This blog piece asks a question that continues to gnaw at my mind and heart: How do we unplug in order to spend time processing sorrow amidst the chaos of deadlines, milestones, and obligations?

I am concerned.

Journey Through the Dissertation

Earlier this semester, I attended a writing workshop organized by Jacqueline Stimson, who is not only my cohort-mate in the Department of Classical Studies, but also a very skilled writer and someone who has thought (and continues to think) deeply about the process of writing. She organized this panel with two of her colleagues from the 2016 Rackham/Sweetland Dissertation Writing Institute (DWI)—Sarah E. Erickson (Communication Studies) and Kelly E. Slay (School of Education). As an aside, I can say from personal experience that the DWI provides wonderful support and training for people in the dissertation process. I participated in the program in the summer of 2015, and I benefited a great deal from the structure, collaboration, and feedback that I received.