Author Archives: amandamichelle

So Much Awesome!

It’s been a busy couple of months!  Here are a few highlights I tried some new reading & writing techniques and failed at them. Coming to terms with the fact that I just need to read pretty much everything. Interesting thing: as I do that, the reading seems to go a wee bit swifter. I…

Seeking to Repair My Achilles’ Heel #phdchat #phdadvice

Yes, I am a Perfectionist. I have known this for years, but I haven’t found any real solution. Okay, I admit, I haven’t really looked for one, as far as I recall. I knew that my perfectionism would come around to bite me in the ass at some point sooner or later. And it has….

R.O. Self: American Babylon – Part III #acwrimo #nablopomo

So I voted today. I didn’t have wifi access, so had to switch things up with the technique. Instead of doing step two (looking into other, similar books), I did step 3: reading the introduction. That whole “read fast” thing? I failed. I got through 18 of 20 pages in about 3 hours. Granted, I…

R.O. Self: American Babylon – Part I #acwrimo #nablopomo

Earlier this year, Grad School Ninja posted an instruction sheet called How to Raid an Academic Book in 4 Hours. I vaguely recall squealing with joy. (Also this is probably the fourth time I’ve screwed up your analytics by leaving the tab open for some ridiculous amount of time. I’m sorry Prof. Nance.) Grandiose plans ensued….

I Wish…

that I had the time or at least the wherewithal to give y’all an update, alas… Suffice it to know the following: Summer was not what I planned, but it worked out (mostly) well, anyway. Year Two is off to a rough start. People suck ass. Except helpful upperclassmen. They rock. Also, my cohort. They…

I’m Published!

It finally happened! As many of you know, I worked on the first ever count of homeless youth in Washington, DC last year. Due to a long string of unfortunate incidents in the nonprofit world & DC politics, the report didn’t get published until after I started my PhD studies. Unfortunately, it didn’t have my…

Everything Has Its Purpose

So this summer, I’ve been working for a local nonprofit that does community organizing*. I’m basically the admin assistant, so I don’t get to do any organizing, but I’ve learned a lot anyway. And fortunately, they also let me sit in on a training they just had! I didn’t get to keep a manual (none…

Recap: Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality #sssi12

Last month, I attended the first ever Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality at the University of Chicago. World renowned scholars Steven Durlauf & James Heckman pulled together 30 up & coming scholars (mostly economists) from around the world to listen & engage around socioeconomic inequality. The goal of the program was to show the gang how to apply economic tools to issues of…

You Say Tomato; I Say… Pomodoro #phdorbust #phdchat

so i have problems with staying focused. i fully own this, although i like to ignore it & think i’m big enough to conquer it. enough with the bullshit. last year, i learned about the pomodoro method. it changed my academic life. and then i forgot about it. oh… (  ._.) now, had i kept it…

*Pondering*: The Democratic Process #occupyATL #occupywallstreet #occupytogether

so i caught some of the twitter backlash regarding the #occupyATL scuttlebutt with John Lewis, esteemed Civil Rights leader, former chairman of SNCC, & current GA Congressman. at first, without watching the video, i was appalled. now, i’m not so sure… see for yourself: so here’s what i concluded from the video*: john lewis showed up at…

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