All posts tagged: phd

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 2

Presiona aquí para leer la versión en español. I wrote a piece in 2018 about the strategies and habits that helped me go through my terrible first year of graduate school (2017). I started that piece with a verse by Sol Fantin: The problem of time is not that is short, but swift. Time has passed, and what I wrote is still valid. It is important to know why we want a PhD or Masters before throwing ourselves in, to be informed about the place before arriving, and to develop a meaningful relationship with your advisor. Moreover, one should create healthy habits, and build a community of friends and people that support one another. Here I expand on that list with new strategies, and I reinforce some that I mentioned in 2018.

Para no sufrir (tanto) en la escuela graduada: Parte 2

Click here to read the English version. En el 2018 escribí una pieza con el fin de compartir estrategias y hábitos que me ayudaron a sobrellevar mi terrible primer año de la escuela graduada (2017). El escrito comienza con un verso de Sol Fantin: El problema del tiempo no es que sea corto, sino fugaz. Luego de dos años, todavía sostengo lo que escribí. Hay que saber para qué se quiere hacer un doctorado o maestría antes de tirarse la maroma. Y por supuesto, es importante conocer el lugar antes de llegar, lograr una buena relación con tu asesora, incorporar hábitos saludables, al igual que crear una comunidad de gente amorosa que se apoye una a las otras. Aquí quiero expandir esa lista con nuevas estrategias y reforzar otras mencionadas en el 2018.

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.

Para no sufrir (tanto) en la escuela graduada: Parte 1

Click here to read the English version of this post on the steps I took to lessen the suffering before, and during my PhD track. La poeta argentina, Sol Fantin, dice en uno de sus poemas que el problema del tiempo no es que sea corto, sino fugaz. Ese verso siempre lo tengo en la punta de la lengua. El pasado 28 de agosto del 2018, cumplí un año como estudiante doctoral. Mi intención para realizar un doctorado yace en mi interés por ser un investigador independiente. Recordemos que tener un doctorado es eso: tener un doctorado. Ahora, ¿qué queremos hacer con él? ¿Por qué lo necesitamos? Es bien importante tener eso bastante claro antes de tirarnos la maroma. Comencé mi PhD en sistemas agroalimentarios en la Universidad de Vermont con mucha emoción, pero no todo ha sido de colores que me gustan.