I’ve recently been asked to speak about my research process, so thought I’d share here what I’ll be presenting in person next week! If you have a different process of finding and organizing thoughts, I’d love to hear what you
One you’ve looked at possible careers and asked questions of the programs and funding… step back. Take a break and consider your life and situation. Get yourself a drink, a meditative space, and time to reflect. I’d suggest you let
Oooh, I have strong opinions on this one. If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to not go to any undergraduate or graduate program that doesn’t offer you at least partial funding. I know. It’s not
Maybe you can get a degree for pennies in Europe. But to get an American degree or credential, you pay several years of your life and money. If it’s a selective school, they may want only the fanciest students—and the
I got my BA from a university which attracted the rich daughter of a CEO, who wiggled her manicured toes on my bunkbed, while pretending to study in our group and mostly studying her own fingernails. (Her father had a jet.
When I was a kid, my business-dwelling father liked to critique professors working in higher education: they’re not living in the real world, they don’t answer to sales mandates / the market / supply and demand. Imagine my astonishment when
Four years ago (!) I wrote an ethnographic research paper on missionary ethics that was, I like to think, well-written, complex, and faithful to the interviews. But I struggled throughout the research — and I struggle now — with concerns
I’m often asked by young Kazakhs how they can study abroad, and I don’t have an easy answer. It’s a long process and sometimes you have to apply again and again to get funding to study in America or Europe.
Coming back from an academic conference, I’m reminded that the thing I love most about academics is how they ask questions. Normal people start out by saying: “I don’t understand,” or “That’s bullshit,” or “Uhhuh… what the hell are altmetrics?” All
John Bohannan at Science Magazine has done an undercover sting of open-access scientific journals. Open access being the idea that journals should be free for any scientist to read, rich or poor. The current challenge with it is that authors must
The reason that I rarely write good blog posts is that it takes me so long. I dump hasty thoughts and stories into a file, play with them and connect them to other ideas, and work them over until they’re
Waiting anxiously for my friend Lianna* to come over the other evening, I decided to put on the water for varenniki dumplings. She and several friends showed up a few minutes later, and we sat down at the kitchen table
To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous grad school, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?
I’ve seen more and more posts and videos on this of late, along with the student-loan-fueled “should you go to undergrad?” debate. (Coming up next: should you go to kindergarten? Wouldn’t you make more money as a child laborer?) At any rate, in
…They don’t even know that they’re a foreign country. ~~~~~ I met with [an academic award] committee on campus today to discuss my application to study religious change and conversion in Central Asia. I’d like to go and be with