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Life after comps

This is me relaxing.

I passed my comprehensive exams!
I did my defense, and it was done.
I was so excited and relieved. I was pumped up. Ready to go to the next step.
Then, I did what some advised me not to do, I took as super long break. It was unintentional. The first two weeks were meant for a break. Then, I dedicated the rest of the semester to the classes I was teaching. The semester has ended and now we are on summer break. I taught a class online so, there went my time. Then, I went to a conference in Vancouver, Canada! Presented, and learned a lot.
After that, another break. Continue reading “Life after comps”


Peeking at the World

It’s been a while since I posted. I haven’t had the time/energy/will to post. I feel like I should be working and reading all the time. I don’t work all the time though. I waste my time on social media admiring other people’s lives and following cute dogs on Instagram. Dogs on Instagram are the best!


However, these past few months I have been actually working. Studying for my comprehensive exams.

These months were intense.

Continue reading “Peeking at the World”

Furry friend

In response to the Photo Challenge, here is my post. He is not a fan of pictures. But he is a fan of licking my face.

via Photo Challenge: Friend

Vacation mode on/off

Oh God! The moment I posted grades for my students, I was done! Done! I was sleeping in and doing nothing at home. I was so relaxed. I was able to cook and eat at home or go for a walk with my dog. A few days of vacation and then, back to work. Yes, graduate business (comps, dissertation ideas) is one thing and that does not get done until I graduate. But fortunately, I also teach during the summer! I will be teaching a class I taught in the past: public speaking. I get to reuse some of the class assignments and an opportunity to come up with new ones.

Teaching in the summer is also good news for a graduate student who depends on the income of her assistantship, like me. Continue reading “Vacation mode on/off”



I know philosophy is important and it is a good foundation to have in order to understand what inform theories and their production. I want to understand it, but sometimes it takes three or more reads to fully grasp the meaning of the philosophers. Scholars spend years studying a text, and I have a week! Yet others seem to adopt the language immediately. What are some strategies to read and comprehend philosophy?

I like the challenge, but help is appreciated.


I do not remember all-nighters being so energy consuming. When I was an undergraduate, I would pull a few all-nighters a week in order to complete all my assignments. It sucked, but I managed. Now, as an almost 30-year-old adult, it seems harder. I need my daily recommended seven to nine hours of sleep. I do not do many of things I used to. When I was between the ages of 18 to 25, I used to drink coffee at all times of the day, sleep less than seven hours, walk alone in the dark, with no protection and many times put myself in dangerous situations. Looking back at the decisions I have made, I was lucky to escape Continue reading “All-nighters”

A support system

I am interested in what other Chicanas, Latinas, Mexicanas, women of color, women have to say about their experience in academia. It is always a different story. There have been Latinas who have not found the support needed in their department or with their cohort. Chicanas have felt ostracized by the department or by their compañeros, despite their progressive stance. Men and women of color have been pushed from their graduate departments one way or another. Graduate school, in general, is a difficult journey to take, it is design for students to take it alone, to be in competition with one another. I’ve been lucky to have a support system within my cohort. We encourage each other to keep writing, to read this new article we found, to keep up with our plan of study, to submit to an upcoming conference, etc.

It is such a difficult balance to have. Continue reading “A support system”

Living under a graduate assistantship budget

My living space

My first year as a PhD student, I had to readapt to an extremely low budget. Although I have never lived a luxurious California life, I still managed to splurge in adventures here and there. My income was limited, but with wiggle room. Now, the wiggle room is non-existent.

The upside is that New Mexico’s cost of living is lower than California’s. However, with the move, I had to max out my credit card and sell a few things. I had to go from a one-bedroom apartment to a studio apartment which meant smaller furniture.

Sites like minimalist interiors inspire me to keep my furniture simple, but Apartment Therapy encourages me to add more character in my small space.  I bought furniture from thrift shops and gotten little things here and there from my mom’s house (she likes to keep a lot in storage). I am continuously arranging my studio apartment, adding and subtracting items in order to make it a livable space. Currently I am looking for things to sell at a school-sponsored garage sale so that I can declutter and make a little bit of money. Anything helps!


Dog Pictures!

There are not enough pictures of my dog out in the Internet. The reason for this is because Mau is camera shy. The moment he sees my phone pointing at him, he turns around. However, I have managed to take some (fuzzy) pictures.

Here are a few pictures of Mau, my difficult Terrier Mix.

He was trying to prevent me from working, but failed. July 2016.
He is so cute. Here he is hogging his toys. He did not want to share with his cousin Cleo. June 2016.

Continue reading “Dog Pictures!”

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