Category Archives: Advice

Drown Recap: Multimodal Workshop

On January 19th a crowd of instructors gathered for an informative workshop led by assistant professor Dr. Brooke Rollins and featuring presentations by Dr. Amardeep Singh and Dr. Nicole Batchelor. For those unable to attend the event, we here at … Continue reading

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Writing a Great Conference Abstract

Conferences are, to my mind, one of the best perks of being in academia. In a department/university like ours, which is able to partially or fully fund travel, conferences turn into a treat. As I like to call them, academic … Continue reading

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Tips for Avoiding a Stressful Application Semester

By Kyle Brett and Megan Bruening   Are you applying to Ph.D. programs? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by trying to balance work, apps, and your much needed social life? Sometimes the application semester can get the better of you and … Continue reading

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4 Articles for Self-Care This Semester

As we approach the one month marker of the Fall 2016 semester, it seems essential to point out, once again, the importance of self-care. The ‘Other’ Graduate School Mess: Tackling Mental Health in Graduate School In an extensive article Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno … Continue reading

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Best Bethlehem Places to Eat, Grade, Study & Write (All While Saving Money!)

By Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno, Dashielle Horn, and Emily Shreve Emily: First-year graduate students have a lot of reading, writing, and grading to do, often in an unfamiliar town away from the usual haunts, and, often, with a tight budget, restricting your options. Over time … Continue reading

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Making the Most of Your First Year of Grad School

By now, you’ve likely heard a lot of advice, formal and informal, from graduate students and from ‘civilians,’ as to how you can survive and thrive in your first year of graduate school. We have a few more ideas here, … Continue reading

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Welcome to Lehigh English & Drown Unbound!

We can’t deny it any longer: summer is over and the new academic year is about to begin, sure to be filled with many plans and unexpected discoveries–all accompanied by a heaping dose of excitement and nervousness. These feelings are especially potent for anyone beginning their graduate … Continue reading

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2016 Graduate Student Commencement Address: Purpose, Possibility and Love

On Monday, May 23, 2016 I was honored to deliver the 2016 Graduate Student Address at Lehigh’s 148th Commencement Ceremony. The subject of my talk was Purpose, Possibility, and Love. As I thought about what message I wanted to share … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Year of Connected Academics

When I applied to the MLA’s Connected Academics proseminar early last summer, I knew I wanted to explore alt/non-academic career options, but I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. So in my application, I focused on three ideas: my “commitment … Continue reading

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Getting In and Fitting In: First-Generation Students in Graduate School

As a college education becomes more financially feasible and socially expected for a greater portion of the population, historically disadvantaged students and those from working class families are entering colleges and universities at a higher rate than prior decades. Though … Continue reading

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