Graduate School Papers

These papers can be tough, but they can also be enjoyable. Such is the one I am working on currently: define and theorize about a “critical incident” in your undergraduate career.
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I have to say that I’m glad I kept this blog. I started it right after the critical incident occurred.

I started it during the spring semester of my first year of college, right after the metaphorical rug of identity was pulled out from under me. Having quit basketball and gotten shoulder surgery that winter break, my forseeable future was unclear, unathletic, and rainy, since I had chosen to spend my college years in the gray Pacific North West.
But somehow I got through it.
I dove into writing.
I dove into school.
And friendships and coffee and a life far richer than I could have imagined.
I drank beer, I stayed up late; kissed boys, crossed lines, and, for the most part, stayed out of trouble.

I lived.

I quit something and then I allowed myself to not know who I was for a little bit.
It took a summer of bright lights and rave culture to show me who I was, and when I returned to school, I did something bold: I joined the crew team.
I took a chance on myself.
I trusted in my mind, body, and soul to get me through my sophomore year.

And it did.

And I lived.

This paper that I’m embarking on will be a less poetic, more theoretical, and a slightly scholarly version of the above.

So on I will write,
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Okay, fine: My REAL Resolution

I want to be kinder to my body (physically and mentally).

1) Stop feeling guilty for wanting to be lazy at the end of a long week.
2) Get physical twice a week! (This seems easy, but on my schedule, trust me… it’s not)
3) Stress Less by tackling manageable tasks as they come up
4) Trying not to pass up things that take 5 minutes or less to do (e.g. dishes, starting laundry, etc.) (via
5) FLOSSING!!! Keeping my tooths and gums strong and healthy!

That’s that.
Yet challenging.

Bring it on.

One month in, I have my New Year Resolution!

It is February 1st. One full month into the newest year of my life.
Five months until the start of the 23rd year of my life.
Three weeks into the 2nd semester of grad school.
And miles away from financial stability or my high school weight.

So, I decided to make my resolution on things that are more realistic than getting out of debt or working out for 2 hours a day 6 days a week.

Grad students just don’t have that kind of time! 
Nor do I have that kind of money… pssh.. who pays off student loans? Pssh.

So, I saw this cool blog post about how to sneakily save $1,300 over the course of the year. It starts with depositing $1 increments each week: $1 now, $2 in a week, $3 a week after that, and then $4…….. you get it… by the last month, it’ll be a little more annoying–you’ll put away $49, then $50, then $51… ugh… then $52… but then.. but THEN you’ll have over $1,300 more than last year in your savings account!

That means, if I succeed, I will have $1,300!!! (‘Cause last year I had $0… get it?)


Anyways, I’m probably going to last about 3 months. But I’m excited.

On a different resolutionary note, I resolved to read 1 book a week. I have read 1.5 and I am 4 weeks in. I kind of rock at resolutions.