Mental Health in Graduate School

When I started my doctoral program, I didn't realize that maintaining my mental health was going to be a primary focus as I juggled work, courses, presentations, publications, and connections with friends and family.  Yet, as I explained in a previous post, I have learned how to navigate and manage my relationship with anxiety while progressing... Continue Reading →

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A Black Feminist’s Love of Stats

Hi. My name is Amanda. I'm a Black feminist that enjoys statistics. While statistics is often a content area that provokes sighs, headaches, and eye rolls, I find the content interesting. In fact, I optionally take statistics classes to improve my understanding of quantitative research. I like doing the math and using a numerical, scientific... Continue Reading →

Living a Holistic, Healthy Lifestyle

When I moved to New Mexico, one draw for me was changing my way of life. Moving from Chicago, I saw my move as an opportunity to learn another side of myself and explore natural, non-urbanized settings. I felt that this move would provide the space for me to connect with myself mentally, emotionally, physically,... Continue Reading →

Remembering the Joy of the Doctoral Journey

It's fall of 2005, and I sat around my grandmother's kitchen table with two of my aunts. The kitchen table is where my family normally engages in conversation by telling jokes, sharing stories, or giving their opinion on current news, especially when we haven't seen each other for some time. Unlike other kitchen table talks where the... Continue Reading →

Listening to My Voice & to Others

"I don't know what to focus on [for my dissertation]. When I talk to one person, they tell me I should study this. And when I talk to another person, they tell me I should focus on something different." - doctoral colleague These are words spoken by another doctoral student during a conversation we were having... Continue Reading →

Being the Intersection

Each day, my goal is to live in the flow of my life and honor the dimensionality of my being. This can be tricky, in many ways. One dynamic of this "trickiness" is defining how to live in the space of my intersectionality as a Black woman. Despite the fact that Black women and other women of... Continue Reading →

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