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Sunday, May 21

  1. page Resources and Helpful Links edited For me, one of the best things about this project has been knowing that I have not imagined the ba…
    For me, one of the best things about this project has been knowing that I have not imagined the barriers, or ostracisation I have faced because of my class. The community, the idea that we're not alone, has been great.
    In particular, I have found the following books, and resources, comforting and informative.
    Please add other resources as you find them!
    Nancy Isenberg's //White Trash: The 400 Year-Old Untold History of Class in America//
    Matthew Desmond's Evicted
    Podcasts/YouTube Channels and Webpages

    Graduates Anonymous podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/graduates-anonymous/id1224791435
    Academic Vigilante You Tube (intro video here, but follow the channel!)
    Great article: "Coding as White Trash in Academia"http://auntiebellum.org/mag/coding-white-trash-in-academia/
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    career paths.
    Find
    Find us at: www.firstgennetwork.com

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Friday, May 19

  1. page home edited How to Prep for Grad School While Poor 19 May 2017 It's hard to believe that it's been almost …

    How to Prep for Grad School While Poor
    19 May 2017
    It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since this wiki grew, almost fully formed, and I want to thank everyone who has contributed, shared it, talked about it, and used the ideas and awareness here to better practices with graduate students.
    I am proud of every one who has contributed, and hope that people will continue to add to it, especially POC, LGBTQ+, and our most vulnerable populations.
    In the last year, more and more people in various fields have realized that we need to talk more about the issues of class in regards to grad students and the graduate school experience. I know there are several edited collections in various stages of completion that address some of these issues, and that more and more people are incorporating class and grad school into conference presentations and syllabus. If you come across these resources, please share them to our resource page!
    I continue to hear from you about ideas for the wiki, and I hope you all will continue to contribute.
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    Karra Shimabukuro
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    @LuciferArgues
    http://scholarlymedievalmadness.blogspot.com/

    3 August 2016
    I have blogged and tweeted a lot during my PhD experience about the ways my (self-identified) socio-economic, and cultural status has affected me and my experience in a thousand different ways. From not understanding social norms, to not getting jokes or references, to feeling like I was constantly playing catch-up, these issues have impacted my PhD studies and my professionalization.
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    At this point a lot of the wiki addresses general issues, and there's a lot of information here but I would love to see more contributions on how these issues intersect and affect people who are LGBTQ, POC, and people with disabilities. Please share widely and contribute.
    The whole beginning of this project was to provide a resource for struggling students, so I'd love for it to help as many grad students as possible.
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    Karra Shimabukuro
    khkshimabukuro@gmail.com
    @LuciferArgues
    http://scholarlymedievalmadness.blogspot.com/
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    Update 7 July:
    I want to make sure I give credit to contributors but only if you specifically ask, as many have stated that anonymity should be the default. So I am happy to add you here, just email me and let me know.
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  2. page Resources and Helpful Links edited Graduates Anonymous podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/graduates-anonymous/id122479143…

    Graduates Anonymous podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/graduates-anonymous/id1224791435
    Great article: "Coding as White Trash in Academia"http://auntiebellum.org/mag/coding-white-trash-in-academia/
    **the firstgen network** is a professional network for first generation college graduates. While many amazing organizations support first generation students through the application and school process, we aim to build a supportive community of professionals that helps first gen grads succeed beyond graduation, across all industries and career paths.
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Wednesday, March 29

  1. page Self Care edited ... Listen to those who have come before you and navigated it. For many of us that grew up poor, …
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    Listen to those who have come before you and navigated it.
    For many of us that grew up poor, we were not able to focus on self-care. From poor diets to a lack of resources for mental/emotional health counseling, we often survived and made it through, but we carry those unhealthy habits with us in life. Before you embark on a PhD journey, take note of how you respond in situations of stress and isolation. The dissertation process especially is already inherently isolating and stressful. For those that do not know how to cope with the stress and isolation in a healthy manner, often turn to bad habits of over eating, substance abuse, self-harm, negative thoughts, depression, or other ways our feelings manifest. In order to survive the times of stress and isolation, I recommend creating a plan or at least invest time thinking about coping strategies. Many people quit or drop out because we do not know how to cope, or we make it through but develop poor habits that impact our health for years to come. Also, think about the impact on friends, family, and loved ones through this process. If you have established relationships, the dissertation journey and PhD coursework will also impact them so be aware and have those conversations before times get stressful.
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    of it.
    Your graduate school student status probably gives you access to your school's gym for free. Use your school's gym.
    If you are fortunate enough to get a tuition waiver, you may want to look into taking a fun undergraduate class during a less hectic semester. For example, Karate, Yoga, Weigh lifting, painting, etc.

    I discovered Pinterest early on (which has upped its secret board functionality so you can hide from the world your human-ness-need-for-drag if you like) & invested about $50 on ingredients at the beginning of my 2 year program, which I was able to have stretch throughout and then some. My regimen became simplified, inadvertently organic/all natural, and tailored specifically to my skincare needs. All plus points.
    Some gems I've incorporated (FYI, I'm South Asian, have combination T—zone oily skin, and dry-favoring curly hair. These are just some recipes that worked for me - I advise becoming familiar with your skin before you spend any $. A lot of these ingredients can be cross-purposed for cooking or cleaning if they don't end up suiting you.):
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Tuesday, March 28

  1. page LGBTQ edited ... For LGBT graduate students in psychology (and great points for other areas too): http://www.ap…
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    For LGBT graduate students in psychology (and great points for other areas too): http://www.apa.org/apags/resources/lgbt-guide.aspx
    (The above link contains a document that is only accessible to members of the APA.)
    Look into the LGBTQ+ resource center (or equivalent) of institutions you're considering-- some of them do have support/social groups for grad/non-trad students, though they may be harder to find than groups for undergrads
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Monday, March 27

  1. page LGBTQ edited Just like in grad school, this document completely erases LGBTQ2+ students and POC and doesn't co…

    Just like in grad school, this document completely erases LGBTQ2+ students and POC and doesn't consider our unique challenges and needs. The only place this document acknowledges LGBTQ2+ people and POC is by telling LGBTQ2+ and POC how to dress - which is really funny because I've been told not to dress like a "raging bull dyke" by an advisor myself, while completing my PhD, so I guess it's appropriate. sarcasm
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    LGBT graduate students:students in psychology (and great points for other areas too): http://www.apa.org/apags/resources/lgbt-guide.aspx
    (The above link contains a document that is only accessible to members of the APA.)
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  2. page Applying and Getting In edited ... If the score is bad don’t send it right away, think about whether you want to try again. Some …
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    If the score is bad don’t send it right away, think about whether you want to try again. Some grad schools will only count your best score.
    When taking the GRE go to the library and pull out all their GRE test prep books. (They usually have one for every year from each of the major companies - Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc). Then you can use that book to access free GRE practice tests associated with that book through that company. Often you need to prove you've "purchased" the book by providing a specific word in the book or something similar when making an online account. This way you can get tons of free online practice tests from the major test prep players and return the book to the shelves, without ever having to check them out.
    -Find out if your program has minimum scores for admission. (My program required the GRE but didn’t have minimum admissions scores, they just had to see that you had taken it.)
    -Find out how current your scores need to be and apply with your most recent set of scores. Worst case scenario is they tell you to take it again before they admit you. (My program wanted scores within the past 5 years. My scores were actually 5 years and one month, but they still took them).

    Programs You Should Know About
    Recruitment programs such as __IRT (Institute for Recruitment of teachers)__ help you get into grad school. Through their associates program, you attend a grad school recruitment fair, are paired with an advisor for helping you write your statement of purpose and have waived application fees to several different schools.
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Sunday, March 26

  1. page LGBTQ edited ... Just like in grad school, this document completely erases LGBTQ2+ students and POC and doesn't…
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    Just like in grad school, this document completely erases LGBTQ2+ students and POC and doesn't consider our unique challenges and needs. The only place this document acknowledges LGBTQ2+ people and POC is by telling LGBTQ2+ and POC how to dress - which is really funny because I've been told not to dress like a "raging bull dyke" by an advisor myself, while completing my PhD, so I guess it's appropriate. sarcasm
    For LGBT graduate students: http://www.apa.org/apags/resources/lgbt-guide.aspx
    (The above link contains a document that is only accessible to members of the APA.)
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