Very Advisor – Much Proposals – Such Stressful!

January 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Probably not your best bet

My (not recommended) strategy when it was the end of January and I had no advisor.

So, many of you have already been taken under the wings of thesis advisors and have begun the process of writing your thesis in earnest. This is a beautiful thing, although we in the MAPH office are suffering from a mild case of empty-nest syndrome (“Our little babies all grown up and off to contribute new knowledge to their various fields of inquiry…*SNIFF*!”).     

For those of you who are not yet at this point, I say very simply: TAKE HEART! » Read the rest of this entry «

What I Talk about when I Talk about Winter Quarter

January 27th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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You’ve mastered survival of the polar vortex, you’re well on your way to producing a real live thesis proposal and awkward prom-date-style asking an adviser, and you’ve got a cheering squad of MAPH staff to support you as Winter Quarter kicks in.

That said, Winter Quarter can really SUCK. It’s dark, cold, and you’re being asked to do an INSANE amount of reading/papers/job stuff/general being human type things. While it’s easy to feel like you have time for absolutely nothing besides thesis and school, it is essential this quarter to stay healthy and balanced. 

1. Talk!

It can be incredibly helpful to talk to someone who is not also immersed in thesising. Looking for a way to get something off your chest, or not sure if it would be useful to talk to someone on a regular basis? Student Counseling offers a Let’s Talk program, which offers walk-in meetings with a counselor. Student Counseling also has resources for academic struggles like procrastination or developing speed-reading skills.

And as always, if you feel like you need to see another human, are looking for someone to complain with, or just want to say hi, come by the MAPH office anytime.

2. Cozy up! (But in a new place)3743579869_db4ed34dbe_z

At this point in the year, leaving Hyde Park (or even leaving the library!) can feel like a mini-vacation. Last year I set myself the goal of getting out of Hyde Park once a week, even if it was just to study in a new place. And while it may sound silly, those trips to distant coffee shops felt INCREDIBLE. It was like I realized that there was a great big world out there that wasn’t all thinking about (and possibly criticizing) my academic work. Also, Chicago is full of awesome places – it’s so worth your time to go check them out.

Some quick recommendations from Keri for coffee (at this point last year, I was consuming on average 6 caffeinated beverages a day, so I was starting to get picky): The Bourgeouis Pig  (tip: they have a limit on Wifi, so bring your reading), Filter or The Wormhole (nerdy!) in Wicker Park, and for those who can’t leave Hyde Park, Bridgeport Coffee has a location in the Hyde Park Art Center

3. Sunshine (from the indoors!)Why-is-it-still-winter-in-Sweden

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing, although I’m not totally sure if I have it. Regardless, staying inside all the time in the dark makes me sad, but there’s no way I’m getting outside for a jog when it’s -5 out. Luckily, there are ways to get sunshine (and a healthy dose of Mother Nature) while staying indoors:

-Garfield Park Conservatory - conveniently, MAPH is taking a trip to this lush and verdant (and free) place on 2/7

-Lincoln Park Conservatory – this slightly smaller conservatory is right next to the zoo (and is also free)

-and of course, the giant space dome / egg library that is Mansueto – less plants, more work, but very sunny regardless

4. Bring balance to the force (or to your own life)

You may have already discovered this, but it’s pretty much impossible to do all the reading for classes AND work on your thesis AND sleep AND be an actual human AND maintain friendships AND look for a job. And that is OKAY. It is more important to maintain your mental (and physical!) health than to finish all the readings. Do enough of your work to participate well in class, and then TAKE A BREAK.

While you’re at it, put a ban on guilt: set a (reasonable) to-do list, and once it’s done, allow yourself a guilt-free work-free break. Exercise, knit, spend time with friends, meditate, go to Tea & Pipes, watch TV, read a book that is actually not useful in any way toward your academic work, do whatever you need to in order to give your brain time off from school.

 

You got this.

BrrrrRRRRRRRrrrrrrrr: STAY WARM, YOU GUYS

January 6th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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Chicago’s winter parking system…

Winter and its Quarter are here, along with some somewhat sinister trappings (aka -50 degree windchill!).  I sincerely hope that everyone is in an apartment under at least one blanket right now. » Read the rest of this entry «

PROFESSIONALIZATION: Winter Quarter Edition 2014

January 6th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

DO YOU ALREADY HAVE A JOB FOR NEXT YEAR? YES? OKAY, YOU CAN STOP READING THIS POST NOW.
WHAT? YOU DON’T HAVE A JOB YET? IT’S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT ONE!

But it's still winter! Surely I don't have to think about the future yet!

But it’s still winter! Surely I don’t have to think about the future yet!

You may remember a post on professionalization from last quarter which told you that you don’t have to worry about finding a job until Winter Quarter–well, it’s Winter Quarter now, which means: » Read the rest of this entry «

Taming the Beast Called Winter Break (so it can help you slay the beast called Your Thesis Reading)

December 9th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

books_and_snow4_by_justkirav1_largeWhen I went home last December, it was the first time I’d been back to my hometown since August. The plan was to spend a couple of days seeing friends, playing video games, and petting my stunningly decrepit old cat, then hit the books with great intensity and seriously get the jump on my thesis. That didn’t really happen. At all. The glorious wallowing lasted several days past its planned expiration date, and by the time I got up the courage even to look at my reading list, the break was already close to 1/3 of the way over. As a result, I had to do the bulk of my reading here instead of knocking it out while I was here. So the first thing you might want to consider as you head off for winter break is:

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MAPH goes to ARTBAR!

November 25th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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On Friday, December 6th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm,

join MAPH students and alumni for ARTBAR, an evening of socializing, drinks, live performance, and art activities at the

Hyde Park Art Center
(5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL 60615).

The evening will include:

  • Hands on art-making in 2 of the following media: clay, screenprinting, and photography,
  • An improv, pop-up, interactive comedy club performance put on by  artists exhibiting work in the Michelle Grabner-curated “A Study in Midwestern Appropriation,”
  • Drinks, snacks, and socializing, in the spirit of MAPH Social Hour,
  • An introduction to the Hyde Park Art Center and its programs for MAPH alumni and students by the Art Center’s Marketing & Communications Manager and our very own MAPH alumna Brook Rosini (AM ’05),
  • DJ and open mic,
  • and time to explore the art galleries!

MAPH has covered all the costs for MAPH students and alumni, but please feel free to make additional donations to the Art Center! 

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Totally lost on how to get there from campus after precept? The East Shuttle from the library will get you straight there if you’re not up to walking!

Everything You Need to Know (for now) About Conquering Your Thesis: Preliminary Edition

November 18th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Every year around mid-November, as the wind whirls among the fallen leaves, it whispers the name of a dormant dread: “theeessssssiiissss… theeeEEEEEeeessiiIIIIiiisss…” To MAPHers, this change in the air can bring both excitement and apprehension – both of which are entirely appropriate responses to the slow ramping-up of the thesis-writing process.

FEAR NOT! Well, ok, fear a little bit…but just a little! We mentors have put together a field guide to the preliminary stages of writing a MAPH thesis. Hopefully it will answer some of your more pressing questions.

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Colloquium Launch Party Friday November 15 – Register Now!

November 8th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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The editors of Colloquium invite you to the Third Issue Launch Party/First Birthday Party! 

  REGISTER HERE to save yourself a spot.

Career Quiz! What Kind of Career would YOU Enjoy? (Alumni Panel 11/6 at 5:30)

October 30th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m lost! What do I do with my degree in the Humanities? (Actually, a lot of different things.)

Remember that post that was all like “professionalization is important y’all!!”? Well, it’s already time for another one! In other words, in case you thought it was time to take a break from thinking about your future (besides, you know, the future that includes thesis reading and reading), the Alumni Panel is right around the corner!

The Alumni Panel is a great opportunity to actually think about what you might enjoy doing with your life, beyond just thinking about jobs/careers/please-let’s-not-call-them-[gap]-years/funding a PhD/your general happiness.

Be sure to come to

the ALUMNI CAREER PANEL next Wednesday, November 6th, at 5:30 pm

(here at MAPH Central)

it’s the perfect opportunity to:

meet alumni - ask about different career paths - and get

a taste for what kinds of jobs might (surprisingly!) suit you.

Not sure which panels to attend? Check out our helpful Career Quiz below! (It’s not really a quiz. Just a guide to things you like. Certifiably thesis-free.) » Read the rest of this entry «

How to Navigate the Secrets and Mysteries of the UChicago Libraries

October 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

A guest post by Bill Hutchison (MAPH ’12), an enthusiastic library patron, one of last year’s mentors, and a current PhD candidate in English at UChicago.  Bill will also talking with Matti Bunzl at today’s The Work of a Humanist: A Conversation with Matti Bunzl (PhD ’98).

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Go towards the light!!

 

“Libraries raised me.”
—Isaac Asimov

The UChicago library system is—as it should be—a labyrinthine construct with countless treasures, secrets, and codes. Discovering what it holds and how to access it can be one of the great pleasures of graduate school. If you, like me, take tremendous joy from learning how to wield your library to your own wild, intellectual ends, take note: herein I will share with you some of my discoveries. » Read the rest of this entry «