Grad School, Two Ways

I had no idea what I wanted to do after finishing my undergraduate education, which I spent studying linguistics for four years. This was obviously not going to get me a practical job.

Puerto Rican Grad Students Lose Funding Due to Government Austerity Plan

Puerto Rico is out of money, which means grad students are losing the funding they need to complete their degrees.

The Grad School Debt Problem

Of the $1.19 trillion in student debt in the U.S., 40 percent belongs to graduate students, who account for just 14 percent of the college population.

The Stress of Budgeting for Grad School Right Before You Get Married

I made the grad school choice late last fall, independent of the fact that my fiance and I had happily scheduled our small, 14-person wedding for early September 2015.

Why I Stopped Attending Entrepreneurship Class

The most important thing I learned in my grad school entrepreneurship course was how to spell “entrepreneurship.”

Want to Get an Academic Job? Maybe You Need to Hire an Application Consultant

Kelsky’s rates page indicates that, in general, she charges $150 an hour—unless you’re asking for help on your tenure review, in which case the per-hour price jumps up to $250.

How a Researcher Preparing to Move to the Midwest Does Money

“Since I don’t know of a clear way to make more, I am going somewhere where the same amount hopefully buys more.”

Scraping a Living at a Crêpes Restaurant

“Are you afraid of getting burned?” asked my supervisor as I gingerly lifted a floppy, undercooked crêpe with a spatula. I looked at it with dismay as it fell apart. She swept it off to the side with one long motion of her own spatula, greasing the griddle again. “I’m not,” she said as I struggled to spread the thick buckwheat batter evenly on the huge griddle.

The Working Poor Has A Master’s Degree

Male professors even out-earn female professors at some women’s colleges.

On Working Retail: The Gymboree Option

I could have sold baby clothes at Gymboree in any mall in the country forever and been perfectly happy. Not that selling baby clothes is a bad job. This was before the recession, before any job was a good job. I started in 1995 and I was 17. I had just gotten a car and a license and I needed a job. When I thought about my job job, when I was a real adult, I knew I just wanted to write, but I also knew I was not the starving artist type. Even then, I knew.