Black Girl, Grad School

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

Posts tagged “florida international university

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…

#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,…