Monthly Archives

January 2016

big questions, career, student loans

Of PhDs and Personal Finance

So, I’ve graduated. There’s no graduation ceremony in January, which is fine because I’m not too big on graduation ceremonies anyway, but as of a couple of days ago I do officially have a PhD. All I have to do at this point is watch the mail for my diploma. And to mark the occasion, I thought I would tackle a question here on the blog that I’ve been attempting to answer for years:

Continue Reading

friendship, link-ups, stories

Adventures in Bucket-Filling, Close to Home

This post was inspired by Maggie at Northern Expenditure, who had the very cool idea of making a “fill-the-bucket” list and encouraging other bloggers to do so too. A fill-the-bucket list is different than a regular bucket list: rather than a list of things you want to do, it’s a list of cool things you’ve already done. The idea is to celebrate the opportunities you’ve already taken, rather than putting pressure on yourself to accomplish certain things within a specific timeframe.

Continue Reading

questions, stories

Be Sure You Have Answered All Questions

This past semester I taught a very content-heavy course in which the students’ grades were based mostly on their performance on three long, involved exams. I know from experience, both as a student and as an instructor, that it can be surprisingly easy to accidentally miss a question, or even a whole page, on an exam. So in an attempt to prevent this, I emphasized to the students each time that it was their responsibility to check their exams over carefully before turning them in, to make sure they hadn’t missed any questions.

Continue Reading

awareness, big questions, career, Uncategorized


Last month J. Money published a post on Budgets Are $exy that made me think a LOT. I wrote a longish comment at the time, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to make it into a full post.

So here we go. I’d be interested to know if you can relate to any of this.

Continue Reading

career, goals, student loans

Towards Unknown Shores

Happy New Year, everyone!

This post is going to be a bit personal, so I’ll first give a quick update: in December I successfully defended my dissertation, which marks the end of over five years working in the same lab. It also means I’m unemployed. In other words, this particular New Year happens to coincide with a major life transition for me: I’ve finished one chapter and am in the midst of figuring out the next one.

Continue Reading