Working Through Life Circumstances

Working Through Life Circumstances

When I started taking my final doctoral course to prepare for my comprehensive exam and dissertation, I created a timeline anticipating when I would be done with my program. However, the following two semesters, my schedule kept altering, pushing my dates back. A semester later than I anticipated, I passed my written comprehensive exams and [...]

I Miss My Culture! How do I Cope?

I Miss My Culture! How do I Cope?

When I officially announced I was pursuing a Ph.D. at New Mexico State University, I received advice from mentors to prepare me for this adventure. I looked forward to beers with colleagues, extended conversations about theorists and research, and revelations about my place in academia. While these predictions have been a part of my experience [...]

Mental Health in Graduate School

Mental Health in Graduate School

When I started my doctoral program, I didn't realize that maintaining my mental health was going to be a primary focus as I juggled work, courses, presentations, publications, and connections with friends and family.  Yet, as I explained in a previous post, I have learned how to navigate and manage my relationship with anxiety while progressing [...]