All posts tagged: Escuela graduada | Graduate School

Para no sufrir (tanto) en la escuela graduada: Parte 3

Click here to read the English version. Click here to read Part One and here to read Part Two. Todo tiene su final, nada dura para siempre. Tenemos que recordar que no existe eternidad…  Fallé en no incluir esa canción de Héctor Lavoe y Willie Colón en mi presentación (o defensa) virtual de la tesis. ¡Qué nervioso estaba ese día! Incluso, se me olvidó grabarme―así que, mi vida, eso fue casi un evento exclusivo. Lo bonito fue que presenté desde mi cuarto en nuestra casa en Juana Díaz; en el sitio donde he vivido por más de 20 años. Lo no tan bonito fue que lo hice unas semanas después del fallecimiento de Güela, quien estaba pompeá1 por mi graduación. Ha habido muchos otros momentos no bonitos desde que empecé ese casi-limbo llamado “escuela graduada”. Muchos de ellos, los he navegado de una manera que ha reducido sentimientos hirientes. Otros no, pero tales experiencias me han brindado herramientas para manejarlos de una manera adecuada cuando se repiten. En las partes uno y dos de esta trilogía trililí2 …

My Unstructured Structure and the Meadow of Flowers

This is the final reflection written for the University of Vermont course, “Writing Across Disciplines”, taught in spring 2020 by Dr. Caitlin B. Morgan. The essay was written in May 2020–Thus, when it says, “this semester”, “now”, etc., it refers to January-May 2020. In the start of the semester, I wrote that I would focus my efforts on writing a piece centered on a food systems story for my Writing Across Disciplines course. Moreover, I stated that I would allocate time for daily writing. Now in the future (May 2020), which, like Luis Rafael Sánchez says, “always comes dressed as the present”, I can say that I have not followed my plan thoroughly. I wrote the food systems piece, but it has yet to become what I want it to be. I allocated time for work, but found myself often not writing on such times. Nevertheless, I have written what I wanted or what I was assigned to write. In this present-future I can say that my structure is an unstructured one, and it works. …

On Not Suffering (Much) in Graduate School: Part 1

Oprime aquí para leer la versión en español Sol Fantin, Argentinian poet, writes that the problem of time is not that it’s short, but swift. My friends know that I mention that verse all the time. Last August 28, 2018, was my anniversary as a PhD student at the University of Vermont. My intention for doing a PhD stills the same: to become an independent researcher. We must remember that to have a PhD is just that: to have a PhD. So, what do we want to do with that degree? Why we need it? It’s very important to answer those questions before embarking on such a mission. I started my PhD in food systems at UVM very excited, but it hasn’t all been very beautiful.