Friday, August 19, 2011

The Semester is Upon Us!

Before I get to today's post, I'm excited to announce that Constructing the Academy will kick off the fall 2011 semester next Monday, 8/22 with another post from Toby Coley!

As for today's post, I want to encourage everyone out there in grad school land to get excited about the start of a new semester. There's a healthy amount of whining and complaining that goes with the whole advanced degree lifestyle. We cry about students, about professors, about poor communication, about whether or not someone else seems to "get it," about any number legit problems like the terrible compensation and unbelievable amount of work that most folks between college and the tenure track are enduring.

But I'm kind of tired of stuff like The Grad Student Rap, in which intelligent and innovative people bemoan the fields they've chosen to get into because of how horrible the job market is and because of the sometimes-ridiculous hoops of graduate school. It seems that if such an exercise is at all productive, then perhaps it is as a warning to the rest of us to come to terms with our fields before we go all in!

It's true that grad school can be a racket at times, but my experience has been overwhelmingly positive. If you're the kind of person who cares enough to read or follow a blog like this, then you probably love the work of academia, and I hope you'll continue to find here some helpful shared experiences and strategies that might come in handy as you make the most of building your place in the academy!

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