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Grad in the Sun

The following is a transcript of a Gmail chat between Shweta, a student blogger and Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics and Natalie Bartolacci, Academic Program Officer at Rackham Graduate School. Natalie: Hi Shweta! Now that summer has officially started, I thought we...

Stumbling Through the GSI Experience

I was left red-faced one afternoon last semester. It was after an office-hour session in which a student had pointed out some mistakes I had made while grading his assignment, making no effort to hide what he thought of me. As a first-time GSI, such moments presented...

Open Sesame

When the semester gets to a point where I find myself unable to face my books any longer, I shut down my laptop (along with the 20 or so unread tabs on my browser) and stroll over to one of my favourite places in Ann Arbor–the Dawn Treader Book Shop. Housed...

A First-Timer’s Ann Arborian Summer

I’m beginning to realise that Ann Arbor celebrates its summers with a vengeance. It’s as if a battle has been waged with the winter and we have emerged victorious. And as much as I wish that I didn’t have to deal with the never-ending winter, it makes me so much more...

Meet Our Bloggers: Shweta Ramdas

Growing up in a bustling city with a population of 25 million is quite enough to make you hesitate about moving to a quaintly named city called Ann Arbor. I’m glad I shoved the hesitation aside and made my way here, 4 suitcases and all! I was born in Bombay (now...