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HANDLING THE HUMANITIES

Discussing the Humanities – Surviving Grad School

Who are we?

We are a group of six scholars who wanted to create a blog about graduate school! The six of us met at the University of South Florida, some of us through undergrad and the rest through the History department’s Master’s program. Although we all come from various backgrounds and we study vastly different historical eras, the demands of graduate school led to a need to rely heavily upon one another for support. Graduate school was a challenge for each of us, and not always in the same way.

Our fields of interest range from the Ancient to Modern world; from cultural history, to military history, to intellectual history, and even environmental policy. Our differences helped to push each one of us further, as we quickly learned how to not only address our research to wider audiences, but also learn and borrow different methodological approaches. We hope to share this with you, and above all encourage our readers to form a tight-knit cohort of their own. Graduate school is tough, but it is made easier when one learns to cultivate long-lasting friendships.

If you want to learn more about us as individuals, please go to our About Us page.

Why another blog?

Graduate school in the humanities can be an individualistic and isolating experience where not knowing the unspoken norms of the culture can put you behind. We hope this blog will help introduce unique perspectives about being a graduate student so readers have a better understanding of the variety of day-to-day demands of this pursuit. We also hope to foster a community of readers and contributors to help fellow graduate students navigate their programs as well as educate others about their unique experiences.

What is our mission?

We hope to inform readers about life as a graduate student–navigating professors, managing research goals, applying for funding, attending conferences, working as a research or teaching assistant, and generally surviving the rigors of pursuing your passions while often being overworked and underfunded. With a variety of different perspectives, we hope these experiences and nuances of academic life will provide readers useful information to help them achieve the success they want as a graduate student.