Happy First Week, Maph!
***Guest post from Bill Hutchison (MAPH ’12), editor-in-chief of Colloquium Magazine***
What is Colloquium?
The short answer? It’s MAPH’s online magazine of awesome stuff.
The longer answer? Well, that takes a bit of explaining…
I remember looking around Social Sciences 122, the grand room that marked my first weeks of lecture* at University of Chicago. I swooned at the elaborate wood-paneled walls, the layered chalkboards sliding up and down, the archaic light fixtures. I remember Professor Wray reciting the Big Names who had lectured in SS122, from Hannah Arendt to Slavoj Žižek. I looked around at a room full of strangers, and I wondered if there was an Arendt or a Žižek among us. Toward the end of my MAPH year, I knew the answer to that question….
I am Kerri Hunt and I am here to help you answer the often-daunting question of “What are the Humanities (or an MA in the Humanities) for?” In addition to working as a Preceptor, I am also the Career and Alumni Outreach Coordinator. In other words, I am MAPH’s in-house career advisor.
I think of my role as MAPH career advisor as an extension and expansion of the part I play as a preceptor. I’m here as an advisor, guide, and sounding board to help you make the most of your time in MAPH (and thereafter), with a particular focus on helping you think through the value of your studies and your degree.
“Value” here could mean economic value – how to leverage the relationships and skills you’ve built here to advance your career – but I’m also interested in discussing with you the other senses of “value” that led you here, to spend a year devoted to humanistic study.
This means that while I am available to review a cover letter, read a draft personal statement, or connect you with alumni in a relevant field, I am also concerned with the more nebulous task of helping you figure out ways to integrate your personal values and intellectual interests into your life after MAPH, whether or not you decide to pursue an academic career.
For those of you considering a PhD, I can provide insight into what it means to become a professional academic and help you use your coursework here to test whether further graduate studies are for you. If you do decide to apply to PhD programs, I can discuss strategies for building relationships with faculty; help you decide where to apply; and read drafts of your personal statement.
For those of you who are considering other careers — or jobs between MAPH and a PhD program — I can read resumes, give advice on job hunting, and put you in touch with alumni in the fields of your interests. Essentially, I am here to connect you to all the career-related resources offered by MAPH and the University of Chicago.
- Career counselors at Graduate Student Affairs
- GSA programming, including the Getting a Start In series, networking tutorials, and practice interviews
- MAPH’s Teaching in the Community College class and associated programming
- GradUCon, GSA’s January career fair for graduate students
- The University-wide alumni network
- Linkedin groups and resources
Also coming up soon: MAPH Alumni Career Night on November 12th. Have this event on your calendar and in the back of your mind as the quarter begins. It is an excellent opportunity to connect with alumni and learn more about popular career fields.
Just as your preceptor should be your first contact for all your questions about navigating MAPH and the University of Chicago, think of me as your point person for all career- and life path-related questions, concerns, anxieties, humorous anecdotes, etc. This goes double for those of you who are still undecided about your future path: if you are hoping to use your MAPH year as an opportunity to explore options, change careers, grow as a person, or just figure out your next step, please come meet with me soon!
In the weeks to come, I hope to connect with every one of you – even if it’s just to say hello and introduce ourselves. (Please bear with me as I learn all of your names.) During Fall quarter (i.e., starting September 29) I’ll have set office hours every Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays. You can sign up in the MAPH office. I’m also available by appointment, or to chat whenever you see me in MAPH Central, at Social Hour, or around campus.
I look forward to meeting you all!
Chicago is a fantastic theater town. There are many big theaters, but there are great small theaters performing in church basements and storefronts. This is where real Chicago theater lives- in the performances where you could reach out and touch the actors. There are over 200 theaters producing great innovative work for almost every taste. Most of them are listed at the League of Chicago Theatres.
Here is my basic quick guide to Chicago theaters and tips for seeing theater on the cheap.
Here is a list of some upcoming events, where you can meet other incoming MAPHers, see fun parts of the city, and take a break from unpacking boxes. There will be plenty of other events over the next month (orientation panels, Core lectures, etc.), but these are some of the more fun, social events that we have planned. Keep an eye on the blog for more on upcoming events soon!
Things To Do
The Personal Edition
Last week we posted a more practical To Do List, with things like IDs and immunization forms. Hopefully we can intersperse those activities with some of the more enjoyable aspects of living in Chicago. Read below for ideas of how to spend the last couple of weeks of summer and hopefully relax a bit before we dive into Colloquium on the 14th!
1. Read about Chicago! This is a great time to find out about events here and to pick a news source for the year. Check out Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago, or New City. There are also the long-standing Chicago newspapers, The Tribune and Sun-Times.
Hey Guys! It is almost exactly a month until the MAPH year begins, and we in the office are incredibly excited about it! We will continue to send you emails about meet-ups and a couple of events before Colloquium begins. But for you convenience/peace of mind/proof that this is really happening, below is a brief description of Colloquium. This is just to give you an idea of what these two weeks will look like. But please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) if you have any questions or definitely pop into the office (Classics 117) whenever you arrive. Continue reading
In a past post we covered Chicago Transit- here is another chance to put it to use, with free or inexpensive summer activities here in Chicago. Go forth and explore without breaking the bank!
Chicago Botanic Garden:
Okay, so, you already know where to eat. You know what to do Friday afternoon (the MAPH Family & Friends reception!) and Saturday (graduate!). But, as someone who has spent the last 9 months sequestered in some kind of library, you may not be entirely sure how to fill up the rest of the weekend.
Don’t worry. You have many options. Here are some ideas to get you started:
It’s coming! Yes, you may have like .5 more papers to write, but the end is near. Read on for information regarding impending Convocation-related events.
If you are not graduating next week, please do come to all of these things! It is very fun to celebrate the end of Spring quarter with the entire cohort.
** UPDATE: The Kennedy Expressway will be closed from 10 pm on Friday, June 13 until Monday, June 16 at 5 am. This means that anyone traveling to Hyde Park from the north by car will experience long delays/lots of disruption. Please help your family and friends plan ahead! For more information on closings and alternate routes, check here .**
Cap & Gown Pick-Up: Now.
Master’s attire costs $47 and can be purchased at the University Bookstore (Ellis & 58th — not the Co-op!). UChicago does not do hoods for master’s students, but you will have some wacky sleeves. If you don’t have your gear yet, hurry! You can get a cap and gown up to the 13th, but you run the risk of confronting a limited range of sizes if you wait too long.
Family & Friends Reception: Friday, June 13 – 3:00-5:00 PM, Classics 110
Your first chance to gawk at each other’s kin and marvel at how it all makes sense now!!! Join us for a parent-friendly Social Hour (read: nice food, nice beer & wine, a Febreze-ed/aired-out room) the evening before Convocation. This is timed so that you can enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and introduce your guests to your MAPH colleagues, your preceptor, MAPHCentral, etc. before dinner. If you need a recommendation for the location of said dinner, check out these suggestions. Continue reading