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….
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!
This Sunday, September 14th, at 3pm your MAPH year officially begins!
You are cordially invited, by which we mean required, to attend a screening of Alien.
The screening will take place in Social Science 122, which will also be the home of Colloquium and Core lectures throughout Fall Quarter. The screening should end around 5:15-5:30 (if IMDB is to be believed), at which point food shall be served and mingling shall commence in the nice grassy area outside of Classics and Cobb Hall. In addition to meeting your MAPH cohort and these nerds, the BBQ is a great chance to meet your preceptor.
We recognize that the twofold being of this event (being both a social and a professional occasion) can make it difficult to know what the expectations are, both as far as human interactions go and for appropriate attire. The dress code is casual- just nothing too shocking, please.
You are welcome to bring significant others, in whatever form they may exist. We will provide food and drink for everyone! We are all excited to meet people, discuss the film, and, most importantly, eat food.
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
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.