As a disclaimer, this post has nothing to do with the book.
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I am a Kansas City native (from the better, more functional Missouri side, not the dark, desolate Kansas side), and I used to be a fair weather fan; I didn’t want to be there when I was in high school, but when I went off to college and then graduate school, I missed it terribly. What can be said…often times, the adult longs for the crib as it were; recalling a place where life was all about coloring, watching Disney movies (without analyzing it down to the pixels), and eating cereal, laden with refined sugar.
I almost didn’t trust myself on this topic, due to the extreme bias it permits me to take, without really having to provide any empirical evidence, or legitimate scholarly insight. However, I will attempt to make this post somewhat informative, in that it will hopefully assist as a guide for how to get through the “This city is (insert colorful adjective, noun, or noun phrase here)” inner dialogue, that will without question, plague your mind at least twice a week.
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January is not only the start of a new semester, but it also the start of the winter season. Bloomington isn’t famous for huge amounts of snow, but we do get at least 1-2 inches once in a while. Bloomington does experience low temperatures (around 20-30 degrees) as well as ice and wind. So bundling up is still necessary. Here are a few tips I learned while living in the Midwest to make my walk around the Bloomington campus more enjoyable: Continue reading
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Every graduate student needs a place to recharge, gather their materials and track the moves of the ever elusive degree. Luckily, IU has just the spot.
Keeping up with your family and friends is important. Having a Skype date once a week can help you survive grad school and remain connected with loved ones. Photo courtesy of www.http://laptop-computer-planet.com
One of the best tips I have received about grad school is to remain connected to your loved ones. It is certainly very difficult when you are juggling your other responsibilities, but making time to talk, Skype or write an email to friends and family will help you improve your mental health.
I made a terrible mistake during my first year Continue reading
As a graduate student, the IU library is your best friend. Did you know that you could download journal articles directly to your computer even when you are at home? Here’s how you do it. First, install the IU VPN on your computer. Then use your search engine of choice (PubMed, Ovid, Google Scholar) to search for journal articles. When you find an article you would like to download, click on the IU-Link and you’ll be prompted to save. This will allow you to save it directly to your computer…in your pajamas…from your apartment.
There are many other reasons why libraries are great. Katie Birkwood, a librarian at the Royal College of Physicians in London, gives a few of them in this talk from 2011.
My hometown Indianapolis, IN (also known as Naptown or Indy) is relatively one hour north of Bloomington, Indiana (also known as B-Town). There are just a few similarities between Indianapolis and Bloomington that made the move to Bloomington a lot easier. Continue reading
I have two favorite places located at the Indiana University Herman B. Wells main library. Both of my favorites are located in the basement in the East Tower of the library. The first of my favorites is the Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A). I discovered this hidden treasure during the fall of 2012 and I began working as a part time graduate assistant in the summer of 2013. Continue reading
Finding one’s niche can be a daunting task. It certainly was for me. As a student who is much older than most of my cohort members AND close in age to many of our professors, I struggled to find my place here at Indiana University. Further complicating things, Continue reading
If I had one weakness besides ice cream sandwiches, smiling babies with chubby cheeks, and gliding across as freshly mopped floor in my socks it would be a lack of community. Sans the cliche I do believe “people make the world go round”, especially at Indiana University. Continue reading
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I am a firm believer that sweatpants, a T-shirt and an assortment of sugary snacks can be a human’s best friends, but sometimes these need to be abandoned in favor of finding your social and professional niche within the IU community. While it sounds daunting, and not at all as easy as blasting through a marathon of Law and Order: SVU, it is an extremely important skill. I will, in full disclosure admit to not mastering this yet, but it is important to make connections for professional development, and for you own mental health; grad school is hard, and having a circle of people you can talk to can make the process easier. Continue reading