“The Blog” as a living, breathing, evolving body of work

The featured image is of saucer magnolias blossoming in front of Burruss Hall. Like these blossoms that are finally coming into their season, we graduate students are future faculty and we are beginning to come into our own as well. I’ve been thinking a lot about what the role of … Continue Reading →

Planning for a Culture Shock

Early Observations While our actual departure to Switzerland seems like a long ways off (at 93 days away), I know that if I blink, it will be here in an instant. And so I have begun to plan my trip now in earnest. Part of the planning involves keeping a … Continue Reading →

Citizen Scholar: Hike it Baby!

In my first semester at Virginia Tech, I was enrolled in GRAD 5204 Citizen Scholar Seminar with Dr. Rosemary Blieszner. Each of the students in the course were required to develop a community engagement service project to be deployed either concurrently with the course or soon after course completion. The … Continue Reading →

Reconciling Privilege in the Academy

I was thinking about my post after I published it yesterday and I wanted to add just one thing to put it all in context. My approach to blogging (since VT) has been to do the readings FIRST and then look at the Prompt so that I am able to … Continue Reading →

The Countdown Begins: 115 Days to Switzerland.

Back in November, I received an email calling for applications to Dean Depauw’s Global Perspectives Program (GPP) through the Graduate School. This program integrates face to face study here at Virginia Tech with a study abroad experience based out of VT’s educational facility in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. “The Global Perspectives … Continue Reading →

Seeking Knowledge on Diversity & Inclusion

I’m taking a course this semester called Diversity for Global Society. It is part of the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s Transformative Graduate Education Initiative and this course is designed to introduce students to concepts in diversity, inclusion, and equity and how they relate to higher education–both here at Virginia Tech and from … Continue Reading →

Introductions from a Global Diversity & Community Perspective

I’m doing this a little bit out of order. Ideally, I would have written a little bit about what I’m doing with Diversity for Global Society before my first post, to give it a little context, but that blog post is still in draft form. Anyway, below is my response to … Continue Reading →

Lifestyle Balance & the Academy: Be The Change

In academe, every scholar has a recipe for success. Some are more effective than others–each of us has a unique experience and methods for getting things done and surviving–but we can still learn from each other. I am going to share a handful of my secrets that help me to … Continue Reading →

New Year New Studio Means A New Introduction for Students!

I can’t very well ask everyone to introduce themselves without also participating in the blog prompt, so here is a little bit about me. Week 1: Introduce Yourself What is your name? What does it mean? Who picked it out? My name is Sara Katherine. My mother named me after I … Continue Reading →

Welcome to Our “New” Studio

From a vision that started with a few pieces of blue painter’s tape on the ground to a studio that is more or less a room within a room–our new space is up, it’s sturdy, and it’s buzzing with anticipation for our first class Thursday night.             Continue Reading →