My mom is going back to school!

Happy studying! Now, to do my own reading... argh...

Some of you may remember this post, in which I described the frustration of discovering that a clerical error had cost my mom her chance to go back to school for her bachelor’s degree. Leaving for school and realizing that my mother would not be able to get her degree felt a lot like survivor’s [Read More...]

Daughter of the Patriarchy: Ripping the Moorings, Part Two

My mother is stubborn. My father jokes that it’s the Polish in her (and me) that makes us clutch ideas so hard they fuse with our fingers and become permanent fists of stony resolve. This tenacity kept my mother with my father, kept her in church despite the disapproval of other women, kept her homeschooling [Read More...]

15 Reasons Graduate School is Like a Religious Cult

Note: These are meant to be tongue-in-cheek. My graduate school experience is like one of the cushier New England convents with private swimming pools and flatscreen TVs than the forlorn mountainside shelters where monks beat each other with rocks and eat tree bark. 1. On the first day you arrive, you’re reminded that you’re part [Read More...]


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