What I’m Reading: Great Article from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Unfortunately it’s behind the subscriber firewall, but “Why Go to Grad School?” seeks to debunk a number of misconceptions about humanities studies, such as, “There was never a worse time for humanities studies” (like we’ve never heard that one before ::eyeroll::), and “There are no academic jobs.” I appreciated the way the author didn’t just say, “No there isn’t, yes there is…” but insisted that we broaden the view of humanities graduate career value past academia. One of the value adds of a graduate humanities degree is that:

You know a lot about a little, and you know better than most people how to look things up—particularly at a time when there is so much cheap, unreliable, useless information out there. If you can convince people that you are better at generating and handling information than they are, you will be valuable. Write and analyze better than the average college graduate, and you will see why a number of employers value that skill, too.

This is all personal to me because I’m a creative writing major who works in higher ed administration, at a business school as…a writer. If you keep your options open, train for solid transferable skills, and be realistic about what’s out there and market yourself accordingly, you will be fine.

Check the article out if you can!

What I Did Yesterday – The Search for Stars Hollow

For those who don’t know me, I’m a super big Gilmore Girls fan. (You have no idea.) On our day off yesterday, my friend, who’s another super big Gilmore Girl fan, and I decided to go to Connecticut to find one of the towns Stars Hollow was based on. We ended up in Guilford, CT, and were not disappointed . We essentially overlaid the show onto the town, and created an alternate universe that afternoon. Sorry, Guilford, but you were commandeered!

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Why I Left Writing for a Year, and How I Got Back

typewriterHey gang, I’m writing fiction again! I’m sure you’re like, Wait, haven’t you been writing all along? Nope. Here’s why.

I’ve always created stuff, from comic books to screenplays to novels, as long as I can remember, and it was in tenth grade that I knew I wanted to be a writer. Fast forward to me at 31. Most of my adult life had been working part time, and using that other space to write. I got a BFA in creative writing, and started an MFA. I had written numerous short stories, worked on a few novels, took an uncountable amount of workshops, and was running the Boston Book Blog. I was 31, had been doing writing for fifteen years, and had made no money off of it. Only three or four stories of the many I had sent out got picked up for publication on little-known websites, some of which shut down after a few “issues.” Rejection letters were more than I could count. The blog was gaining traction and attention, but it was still something that wasn’t bringing in any income, nor would it. I was exerting all of my effort and talent in an industry that doesn’t reward you on effort or talent. I was told by professors that my work was great but it didn’t translate in the real world. I was reading absolutely terrible stories in the publications I was sending to. It got frustrating to say the least. Continue reading

Are You Building a Foundation or Hitting a Target?

archerI was thinking the other day, as I often do, about life. I’m actually pretty much always thinking about life: where I’m going, where I’ve been, ways to improve and tweak every area. A question came to mind as I was walking over the Weeks Footbridge back from Cambridge to my office (that doesn’t matter but I figured I’d set the scene): Am I working towards building a foundation, or am I working towards hitting a target?

We humans go through life in certain ways characteristic of our temperaments and personalities. It seems like the answer to this question would be, “Whatever floats your boat!” and might be a question of whether you’re a J or a P on the Meyers-Briggs (if you know that). But I don’t think they both have advantages. I think one is inherently dangerous. Continue reading

What I’m Reading: Article on The New Harvard Dean

hbsThis is a great article from The Crimson on Rakesh Khurana, the new dean of Harvard College, entitled “Man on a Mission.” Khurana went over the river to become Cabot House master last year from Harvard Business School, a place near and dear to my heart. I believe I actually scribed a class for him once; I’m not sure if he was actively teaching at the time, or stepped in for a colleague’s class, but he was dynamic. It’ll be exciting to see where he takes the school. (And he posts fun things on Instagram.)