Black Girl, Grad School

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

Posts tagged “graduate 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…

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…

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…