battle cry

Somehow my children got a hold of buttons with pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. on them. Being their ego-centric selves, they first starting saying that their names were on them. This was at breakfast, and I missed part of the conversation as I was sweeping the floor. But I came across the conversation and […]

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Evaluating the Evaluations

It’s evaluation time. For instructors and TA’s, I mean. And mine came out just as I imagined, all over the board. Some students loved me, others hated me, and a few were in the middle. I got comments like “Gradmommy is the best TA I’ve had at Stanford so far!” and “Gradmommy was unnecessarily aggressive […]

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somebody stole my bike

And I am PISSED. In the span of 20 minutes between leaving my house to pick up my children and my husband arriving home from work, somebody stole my bike. AND they left another bike in its place. Yes, I said ANOTHER BIKE IN ITS PLACE. Like they weren’t really stealing just trading.  I am […]

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on being interesting

A while back, lmw posted about the importance of being interesting in one’s scholarly work. I commented at the time that being interesting was really important, for if your work was not interesting enough for people to want to read it, then you were wasting your time even doing it. She then clarified that to […]

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privilege (or lack thereof)

this woman posted this on her blog and i thought i’d steal it with my facts about my life. like this woman, i’ve also bolded the ones that are true about me and added comments where relevant. ”From What Privileges Do You Have?,” an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, […]

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reflections and resolutions

i came across an article yesterday (sorry i’m still looking for the link) about new year’s resolutions. instead of beginning with what you want to accomplish next year, it recommends that you first list all that happened this year, and then mark up your list with highlighters, underlines, etc. to highlight those things that were […]

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this is exactly what i was afraid of

Equality and equity are not the same thing: re: NYT article Officials at colleges without anything like Harvard’s $35 billion endowment say a rush to give tuition discounting to the middle and upper middle class at institutions like theirs could end up shifting financial aid from low-income students to wealthier, make pricing seem even more […]

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i guess i’m not as smart

as i thought i was. i love taking iq tests. i’m not 100% sure why, probably some insecure need to account for the the opportunities i’ve been given as being, at least in part, due to my own abilities.

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Harvard’s Helping Hand

The Times published an article today about Harvard spending more of it’s endowment to help upper-middle class students afford it’s tuition. So the deal is that if your parents make between $120K – $180K, then the expected family contribution is only 10% of that gross amount. I mentioned this to my husband, and he said […]

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