Happy First Week, Maph!
Most of you have probably registered for classes by now- congrats! Please keep stopping by and telling us what classes you’re taking and how you like them! It is always fun to hear about new courses, different departments, and overall life at U of C.
Before the Fall Quarter officially begins next Monday, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
*Volunteer Referral: Fall is a great time to start volunteering. Although this quarter sees you adjusting to UChicago and life as a graduate student, this quarter also has a lighter course load than the Winter (and better weather).
Get in touch with the University of Chicago Service Center to set up an appointment- it is low key and low stakes. They will talk with you about your interests and then recommend service partners for you. Don’t miss on the opportunity to leave the ivory tower and get to know a different side of Chicago.
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!
Colloquium has arrived! Alien! Henry James! Bagels! There is clearly a lot to keep track of in these first two weeks, so below is a schedule of various goings on. Colloquium is still a good time to get done any errands (refer back to our To Do List post for recommendations) and to keep exploring the city in your downtime. But feel free to stop by the office with questions or to say hello!
There is an official FAQ page on the MAPH website. But just in case that doesn’t cover all of your questions, we have anticipated some below:
Go into the Regenstein Library on 57th Street. Before you can pass through the security gates, there is a glass office to the left. Walk into that same ID/Privileges Office, get your picture taken, get your ID within 5 minutes.
You can then decide whether to explore the stacks or soak up some sun by the lake.
“How do I best prepare for my student ID photo shoot?” Continue reading
Things to Do Before MAPH:
The Practical Edition
It probably feels like there is a lot to do before MAPH starts. And, well, that is accurate. But, it is no reason to be overwhelmed or not to enjoy the end of the summer! We have created two lists, this first one is more practically-minded. (The second will be posted in a few days) Below are some things we suggest you do before Colloquium begins.
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:
As lovely as Hyde Park is, it’s useful and fun to get out into other Chicago neighborhoods throughout the year. We recommend trying a few during the summer after you move out here to see where your home-away-from-home in Chicago might be! To get you started, the office staff has thrown together a starter guide about a few of our favorite neighborhoods around town…
Many of you either have moved, are moving, or will move. You have may have found your own apartment or are living in Graduate Housing through University of Chicago. I lived in a studio through Grad Housing and I really enjoyed it- I loved the building manager, had a really nice view, and it was my first time living alone so I basked in knowing that I could leave dishes in the sink guilt-free. Matt also rented an apartment in Hyde Park, through Parker-Holsman, that he found on Marketplace’s apartment page while visiting the area.
Moving for MAPH can feel a bit weird, because it is very temporary and, consequently, you have little time to make the space your own. But if you take some time to unpack and settle before Fall Quarter gets going, you’ll have a much needed sanctuary for what is often a busy and stressful year.