Thursday, December 03, 2009


I've been working on this paper for 3 hours. I have 1.5 pages. I have two other papers to write by the end of next week. I need to learn to write faster. At this rate, I'm pretty sure my dissertation will take 80 years to write. Why is writing such a slow process for me?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Completely Overwhelmed

Graduate school is complete hell. I love the classes and the conversations, but the workload is terrible. It may be the three part-time jobs, 10 hours of graduate class work including co-teaching a section of freshman composition, PhD application process or the fact that my body needs sleep to function. I'm pretty sure it's that last one.

I feel like I'm in a rickety old Radio Flyer and I'm plummeting down the steepest hill in town. No brakes, just aim for something soft to hit. Why do I torture myself like this?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

It seems like I only post on this blog when graduate school application time comes around. Maybe that will change someday, but not today. I narrowed down my list of PhD programs in Composition/Rhetoric to 12, and these are my intended schools:

And so, here is the list (in alphabetical, not necessarily preferential, order):

Arizona State University
Ball State University
Bowling Green State University
Florida State University
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University of New Mexico
Ohio State University
University of Pittsburgh
Purdue University
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
University of Texas - Austin
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Monday, March 09, 2009

I'm spending the majority of my free time over at looking up grad school acceptance results. When not searching the results page for every possible combination of my schools and/or programs, I'm hanging out at the forums. I am fully convinced that the grad school application process is meant to drive prospective students to the brink of insanity.