Grad School

My exciting journey through grad school at Oakland University: the people I met, the lessons I carry with me, the wonderful opportunities, my time in AAUW (American Association of University Women), and the suspense within research. 

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My cohorts and I graduating April 26, 2018.

Excerpt from the first grad school entry:

I don’t have a recipe for success and everyone’s situation is unique, but I’d like to leave you with some words of advice for changing your life. Ask yourself what you want. What are your goals? What is important to you and why?

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At the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in D.C. (June 2, 2017).

*oldest to newest*

 

Life Lesson: Things Can Change May 2, 2017

Part 1 – The Choice May 9, 2017

Part 2 – Things to Expect May 17, 2017

Part 3 – Sticking your chin out May 24, 2017

Part 4 – Time Management June 18, 2017

Letter to My College Freshman Self July 3, 2017

Part 5 – “What Summer Break?” September 6, 2017

Part 6 – “Sucker-Punching the Last Year” October 15, 2017

Part 7 – I’m Getting More Than a Degree November 17, 2017

Part 8 – Thesis Progress in Pictures (Fall ’17) December 26, 2017

Part 9 – Final Countdown April 26, 2018

Part 10 – Last Advice May 6, 2018

Part 10.5 – Just Kidding May 18, 2018

Part 11 – Scholars to Follow on IG, Friends to Make May 28, 2018

Part 12 – Post-G Circus June 2, 2018

THE END

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#gradschool & #throwback: sure, you can look at the college freshman on the left and sarcastically say, "Oh she's going places." Dude, I actually did! I rediscovered this jewel right before having to return to my Alma mater #CentralMichiganUniversity for the #MichiganAcademy conference. I then realized I got something to say and today I figured out exactly what. . . Since this picture got taken, I've earned my BA in creative writing and journalism, and I'm close to finishing my MA in communication with a focus on feminist media studies. Last year I attended three conferences, two where I presented a project. I have done a shit-ton of research on intersectional feminism and gender relations yet I strongly feel that there's still a lot more work to do. I don't know what's gonna happen once I graduate, but it doesn't scare me. It would have scared the old Anna on the left. . . One thing I've learned is deciding what to do with your life is no straight line and it's some foolish bullshit trying to change that fact or trying to micro-manage your life. Accepting it and learning to adapt to crises and setbacks has been liberating. (So was chopping off my hair.) . . Over the past 7-and-a-half years, I've accomplished a lot of things and overcome many, many hurdles that have made me tougher, smarter, more stubborn and more empathetic. What makes me happy is seeing that in spite of what the universe has thrown at me, I'm no less goofy now than my altruistic freshman self… If anything, it has gotten worse, haha. . . #motivation #dreams #lifegoals #emotionalhealth #oaklanduniversity #fireupchips🔥 #gogrizzlies

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