prelude to a pregnant pandemic job search January-March 2020 Something about the start of a new year makes me extra pensive. The last few months have been so jam-packed with novelty that I have not given myself space and time to reflect on it all. I haven't had the time to process through writing, but … Continue reading 3. On Knowing when to take the next step
Blogtober 2019: Week 1
Its Blogtober. Though I am late, I still intend to complete my weekly posts. Here is a day by day run down of week one: My colleague and I are directors of departments that have the word research in the title and so we do a lot of overlapping student advising and programming. We got … Continue reading Blogtober 2019: Week 1
What (this) Director does
I am academic staff and my programs bridge the curricular and co-curricular. As such, I exist in a game of limbo that allows me to see the gray areas in a workplace that often times want reports and solutions that are written in black and/or white.
On pushing the rocks uphill
In a predominantly (almost all) white-male dominated academic setting in a red state I most certainly was under pressure to prove myself over and over again and again. If all other things in my life remained consistent, could it have been the pressure that raised my blood pressure? (This is all a speculation, but I can't help but wonder about the physical toll of stress).
I don’t know what to call it
I've been reading a lot of social psychology, management, and leadership books and they all seem to say that the tasks that are most worth while are the ones that make you want to vomit, poop your pants, or pass out. As a full time introvert, the list of things that illicit such a physiological response is long, but I will start.
How to choose potential graduate programs
Applying to graduate school for the first time can be stressful. Here are the things that I wish other people told me. Here are (5) areas of focus/ guiding principles that I used when I was applying to graduate school, and how I applied these strategies during my own process.
My Unintentional Gap Year Part 2
Before I started working at the store, I dreaded thinking about the future. I spent four years of my life studying the past (in Africana Studies as well as in Geology) so I had not imaged what life would be like after Oberlin. Being “stuck” at home was helped to ground me. I needed to … Continue reading My Unintentional Gap Year Part 2
My unintentional gap year, part I
I thought that finding a job would be easy. It wasn't. Thank goodness for family members who were financially stable enough to house me and feed me.
Why This Blog
I’m Leila and this blog is something I’ve been thinking about for at least a couple years. I’m really excited to finally get it off the ground, and hope it provides some visibility and support for other women in the geosciences. For our first post, I thought I’d give some background on how this blog … Continue reading Why This Blog