Tag: university

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What I Hated the Least Today 202/365: Doctors

I have a health insurance card. That in itself isn’t particularly surprising, as where I live, health insurance is obligatory. My card is special though because I made it so – […]

From Academia to Actual Life; or, The Downward Spiral

I waited for five years to start serious work on my dissertation. During that time, I became chums with the dean, since I was constantly writing him requests for the […]

My Black Friday the 13th; or, Screech, Screech, Screech

I’m not superstitious. But my recent Friday the 13th was like Friday the 13th. The horror started soon after Thursday turned into Friday. I was burning the midnight oil, marking […]

Academic Emails: Dear Professors, You Are Funny

The first email that I received in the New Year was by Professor Pfeiffer, one of the aldermen on the board designed to protect, provide for and punish the English […]

Editing; or, Annotating Another’s Annotations of My Annotations

I knew a professional disaster and a workplace feud was impending the moment when Professor Womack promoted me to a co-editor of a post-conference publication of papers on poetry. I’m […]

A Quirky Academic Meets a Normal Academic: And Hilarity Ensues

Academia is one of the few places that accommodate quirky people. Which is why I’m there. Annoyingly, academia also includes perfectly normal people. Which is where the clash between the […]

The First Day of a New School Term

I entered the new school term with my teeth grinding. Literally. It was when my insomniac spouse shook me awake in the middle of the night and hissed, Stop it, […]

Dear Dean, Thank You, I Love You

I shared the other day that the future of my academic life or death depended on whether or not the Dean would grant me an extension to complete my doctorate. And […]

She Studied Long, and She Died

I’ve always been a slow learner. By slow I don’t mean necessarily stupid, I mean actually slow. Starting with the grammar school, I have had hardly any hobbies because I […]

The Inscrutable Workflows of Academic Publishing

Two months ago, I stumbled upon professor Womack, my professor protector, at a conference. This was already a minor miracle, as urban myths surrounding professor Womack speak about his virtual […]

My Hellish 6,666-Word Paper: On History and Literature

Last year I attended a big-time conference about eighteenth-century Scotland. It was held in Paris, at the Sorbonne University. I’ve been to Paris before with my class as a teenager, […]

On Night Disturbance and Missing Husband

Writing 101 prompts me to write a real-life story with foreshadowing. Very well then, watch out! I’m engrossed in the small big world of my computer screen, working. My working […]