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Meet the Bloggers: Jeff Lowe

Hello blog readers! I’m Jeff Lowe, one of the newest student bloggers. I’m eager to provide some new and exciting posts to this already vibrant blog. Before I do so, I would like to introduce myself. I am what my friends refer to as a “Michigan Man,” but not in the...

Not Too Old for the Earth

Club doorman from the movie Knocked-Up: “I can’t let you in ‘cause you’re old as ****. For this club, you know, not for the Earth.” Every once in a while I get an e-mail from U-M that has my demographic information on it. Normally I don’t read the demographic stuff. I...

A New Focus

The following is a transcript of a Gmail chat between Douglas, a student blogger and Ph.D. Student in Communication Studies and Natalie Bartolacci, Academic Program Officer at Rackham Graduate School. Natalie: Hi Douglas! You are in your first year as a Ph.D. student,...

Six Unbelievable Hacks to Survive Quals

Spoiler alert: just like in your average click-bait article, there is no real hack. One of the great joys about qualifying and preliminary exams is being done with them and being able to look back fondly on them after emerging from that dark, dark tunnel. Since I...

Food for the Soul

There are things that you think you know and life has a way of shattering that illusion. One of the things that I thought I knew was how to move to a new country and negotiate the intricacies of getting up and running and most significantly, getting comfortable –...