Black Girl, Grad School

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

Posts tagged “grad school

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…

Happy New Year!

Posted on 2018-01-01

In short, we must intensify the struggle against a structural condition within the U.S. and replace it with something more progressive. However, because most people view their progressiveness outside of other populations realities, I have a feeling that in Sanders progressive vision, people of color and immigrants will continue to be disproportionately negatively affected.

Why must POC recount the trauma, violence, and stress in our lives, to be considered a legitimate applicant in a University’s diversity pool?

Posted on 2017-12-28

This twitter screenshot image has been floating around Facebook for awhile now, and I can’t help but to relate. In academia— just as in the media— people of colour (POC) are rarely given the opportunity to showcase the nuance that exist in our lives.  Instead, our lives are to have been traumatic for our experiences to matter to those in the academy. It is purposefully set up this way, because it is through recounting traumas and stresses in our lives, that people of color are able to gain entrance into the academy. It’s almost like we must showcase this sort of stressful performance art for white decision makers, and token POC that can be empathetic to our experiences. Earlier today, I read a piece…

The #GradTax is out of the final GOP Bill– Why I am still not Celebrating

Posted on 2017-12-19

The final tax bill by the GOP is still trash. Although the #GradTax is no longer in the bill, the #GOPTaxPlan still shits on the lower and middle classes in the long term— and does nothing for U.S. economic growth. We will most likely experience another recession/depression in 2020/2021 —and even though, to all my fellow graduate students, it looks like they won’t be taxing fictitious income—as low-income Americans, we will suffer still in the long term. Additionally, the current administration continues to pose threats to higher education and a free internet. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) was just given a list of banned words, in an effort to avoid certain types of language so that it could “ease the path toward budget…