Black Girl, Grad School

an amalgamation of personal politics, and my life as a Ph.D. candidate

Posts from the “graduate student” Category

Long Overdue, Grad School Update

Posted on 2019-03-14

It seems that I have been away from my blog for exactly eight months now. If you’re still following my writing even with my inconsistency, then, thank you. If you’re no longer following and just happen to be passing by and seeing this post, I also want to thank you, because you shouldn’t have to put up with something that is not consistent. Due to my inconsistency, I have merged my more personal blog with this one, so that all of my blogging is under one umbrella. Hopefully, this makes it so that blogging doesn’t seem like an overwhelming feat for me–in terms of thinking which type of post goes where, etc.– which may help me be more consistent when it comes to blogging. To…

Safeguarding the Fragile Male Ego in Academia

Posted on 2018-06-11

‘Hey, I think you should do it this way…not because what you have is wrong, but maybe it’d read easier like this.’  I found myself saying this to a male colleague last semester, instead of outrightly saying: ‘what you wrote makes no sense to me, no matter how much I re-read it.’ I said the former because I knew that if I said what the exact problem was he (1) would not believe me and (2) tell people just how much of a bitch Tamanisha always is.  Unsurprisingly, he had other males read what he wrote too, and I do believe that they told him the exact problem without any fluff.  These men would never be subjected to number 2—however, as a trusted female…

“Freedom Is Still More Expansive Than Civil Rights”

Posted on 2018-04-30

This past week, I was given the opportunity to present at the 19th Annual SALISES conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The theme of the conference was “Sustainable Futures for the Caribbean: Critical Interventions and the 2030 Agenda.” I learned a great deal from that conference and was able to see a lot of great presentations and take-in a lot of knowledge from those presentations… However, that is not what this blog post is about. That information simply sets the stage for my leisure reading that I was able to do on my way to Jamaica and whilst in Jamaica. I decided to take the book Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angel Y. Davis with a…

Volunteering in Little Haiti: Democracy Lives in US— and is under attack.

Posted on 2018-02-11

So, as part of blogging my politics as a graduate student, I think it’s also nice to—every once in awhile—also post about some of the fun things that I get to do in grad school. Something fun that I was able to partake in on February 8th, 2018 as a volunteer— was the “Democracy Lives in Miami” event. Going in, I was unsure of what volunteering would entail, but the event sounded interesting and would give MALOKA (a grad student organization) some CSO points. I volunteered my time from 5 PM to 8:30 PM—mostly signing people up who didn’t initially RSVP to the event, to the event, so that they could attend. I also got to walk around Little Haiti a bit—something that I’ve…

Preparing for Comps, Grad School

Posted on 2018-01-25

This semester, I have one class and am doing comps prep (preparing for my comprehensive examinations). I am in an International Relations PhD program at FIU, where I focus on foreign policy and security—with a broad concentration on International Relations and the Caribbean. My Comprehensive Exams will consist of 5 questions— 2 belonging to core IR theory, 2 on my 2 major focuses: foreign policy + security, and 1 on my minor concentration: Caribbean politics. The good thing is, that I have read many of these books before and have taken extensive notes on them. I have highlighted material that I am confident with below. The bad thing is, at face value, the whole preparation aspect of it can seem daunting. I am just…

Some thoughts on today…

Posted on 2018-01-18

So I have been having two thoughts today that I thought I’d share and also open up to comments on my thoughts.   Thought 1: Lately, I’ve been thinking about the role of the academic in all of the research that they do. I believe in activist research, however, if we are to say that morality is relative and thus conclude that it is illusive– and that objectivity is unrealistic–how do/should we advocate/fight for things in our work as academics?   I think that this is an important question, because I believe that inaction in the academy helps to produce conservatisms– and in some respects reinforce them. For instance, if we are to say that we are committed to progressive causes in the academy,…

#GradTaxWalkOut ; Why we must RESIST the GOP Tax Bill

Posted on 2017-12-01

In this blog, I envisioned talking about aspects of my life, in terms of how these specific varying aspects of me, relate to my own personal politics whilst in grad school. This has been a bit hard to do, as it seems my being in grad school is currently under-attack. Quite literally. On Wednesday I participated in the #GradTaxWalkout and with good reason. I will paste a more in-depth analysis on why I am personally opposed to the GOP tax-plan, and I would also like to thank refinery29.com for reaching out to myself and other graduate students about the GOP Tax Bill. Here is my elongated response to refinery29: As an FIU graduate student, I am not allowed to work outside of the University,…

FCCs Ajit Pai wants to end Net Neutrality– The End of Critical Scholarship?

Posted on 2017-11-24

Something that has been bugging me, both with the whole GOP Tax Plan and the FCC wanting to get rid of Net Neutrality– which is largely opposed by the American people— is how both of these things put limitations on higher education and education in general. What would an internet run by corporations look like? What does it mean for scholarship that is critical of corporations? Particularly those of media corporations, is especially mind boggling. It seems that this administration is purposefully wanting to censor, guide, and direct the types of information– including misinformation– that is allowed into the American public. This of course, has ramifications for the types of scholarships that are heard and allowed into societal discussions. It is quite absurd that…

The GOP Tax Plan isn’t good for most Americans, including Graduate Students

Posted on 2017-11-19

86% of my income as a graduate student, goes towards bills.  This percentage does not include gas expenses, cost of groceries, costs of books, or any other items. [I also have two roommates]. The current tax plan as proposed by the GOP, in the form of tax cuts for wealthy Americans, worries me. It worries me and other graduate students because it would mean that we would have to leave our graduate programs– unable to afford them. As an FIU graduate student, I am not allowed to work outside of the University, otherwise, I could lose my graduate funding. This makes sense, because ideally, I am supposed to be finishing my PhD in as little time as possible.  However, because the pay grade does…