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Monday, September 26, 2011

Spotlight on an alumnus

Today I read that one of our MA graduates, Julie Wade, was awarded the "Student Spotlight" in her PHd program at the University of Louisville. Julie has had much success in recent years, with a memoir, a book of poems, and book of essays all published or about to be published. There's a wonderful interview with her here:

http://graduate.louisville.edu/sigs/students/gsd/student-spotlight/student-spotlight-september-2011.html

One passage that I think will be of particular interest to you:

What do you feel is the greatest challenge that graduate students face and how have you dealt with this challenge?
I think time management is always the greatest challenge for any of us, especially learning to balance your work as a student/scholar with your work as a teacher.  It’s very much like I imagine juggling flaming torches in the circus would be—a strange mix of anxiety and exhilaration, incomparable satisfaction and complete exhaustion.  The only way to deal with this challenge that I have found is to love everything you do with the greatest possible passion and dedication.


How do YOU find balance in your life?

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