grad school support

Particularly for students on the margins (BIPOC, WOC, first-generation, low-income, trans-folks, students with disabilities, etc.), applying to and surviving a Ph.D. program can be daunting. After a long, painful and rewarding graduate school experience, I compiled some advice, resources and other tools for prospective and current graduate students here. Find these useful and want to support me? You can buy me a coffee here.

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1. Survival - I wrote this blog on staying sane in a Ph.D. program, best for years 1-3.

2. Year 1 support - I share a version of this email with new Black students each year before they begin the school year. Some information may be specific to Stanford, but other points may be useful or give you questions to ask others. 

3. Family - Isolation is one of the hardest parts of graduate school. It can be particularly difficult for first-gen students when our traditional support networks don't always understand what we're doing. I designed this workshop for my parents to explain my PhD progress and research, and I wish I had done so sooner. Needs to be adapted for your stage and research but sharing as a thought starter. 

 

4. Applications - Folks ask me a lot about their personal statements; this is a draft of my personal statement from years ago. Please don't plagiarize. 

5. Productivity - I host weekly virtual writing groups for women in the social sciences, in collaboration with SWS (flyer to the right). Click here to request the zoom link

6. Job Market Process - the job market has many steps and organization is key. I compiled this folder with a mock timeline, spreadsheets, my materials, and sample emails for those on the academic market. 

7. Need more support? - Happy to hop on the phone for a call if you have more questions. Schedule some time here