Archive for the ‘academics’ Category


Plan Ahead, Damn the Uncertainty

May 20th, 2014Posted by Veronica

Part of being an adult is recognizing the need to plan ahead for more than a day, a week, a month, even a year. Whether you make the choice to take on responsibilities and roles that tag you as ‘grown’ or circumstances of life demand that you step away from childhood, the result involves planning […]

Thank Goodness for Balticon

May 14th, 2014Posted by Veronica

It’s a wonderful thing that Balticon is in eight days. Sometimes, the promise of camaraderie of the creative community that comes together in Hunt Valley is the only bright spot during an otherwise horrible work week. I keep a physical countdown on the whiteboard in my office at the dayjob, and I can always look […]

Academic Integrity, or the Lack Thereof

April 30th, 2014Posted by Veronica

You know it’s an issue when I take to my own blog to vent about issues at the dayjob. And at the moment, I’m bothered by events surrounding finals week here on campus. It happens to be my alma mater. I’m still paying off student loans for my bachelor’s degree, and the alumni office is […]

Big Blue Musings

April 7th, 2014Posted by Veronica

As I sit here watching the championship basketball game for the men’s NCAA Division 1 teams, I will be the first to admit that I didn’t think that Kentucky would make it out of the first round. I shook my head, mumbled something about a program that keeps having to reinvent itself year after year […]

Academic Freedom

February 13th, 2014Posted by Veronica

I had an awesome meeting with my academic advisor earlier this week. When I say awesome, I mean that it was the kind of meeting that made me excited about the opportunity to write my proposal and do research for my dissertation. It was the kind of meeting that made me want to do nothing […]

Doubts and Triumphs

January 19th, 2014Posted by Veronica

The aftermath of my decision to defer my comprehensive exams until January (or September, they’re not sure yet) has brought alternating moments of relief and panic. I have experienced some bright moments and accomplishments that have assured me that I made the right choice to wait, and I have experienced some cloudier moments where doubt […]

A No-Good, Eff-You-Vie, Sort of Day

January 10th, 2014Posted by Veronica

It’s nine-thirty on a Friday night. My wild and crazy evenings have progressed from gaming and pizza, to “dear heavens, how do I get this baby to calm down,” to “hey, let’s watch another episode” to “time to study another article.” And because of this, I have told myself that I need to stop at […]

The Magic Attendance Spreadsheet

January 9th, 2014Posted by Veronica

Today, I took some time to finish up my courses for my students and come up with a solution to an ongoing problem that I have with one of my classes. The result? The Magic Spreadsheet. (cue oohs and aahs) Seriously. I have found a way to use the Magic Spreadsheet (all hail the Magic […]

The Overwhelmed Pseudoacademic

January 7th, 2014Posted by Veronica

Those who have spent a lot of time talking with me over the years will know and understand that I swing from one end of the spectrum to the other when it comes to the success of a project. For everyone else, I have complete and utter faith in their abilities, I know that they […]

Speak Geek and Engage Students

January 6th, 2014Posted by Veronica

Every evening, around nine-thirty, I seem to break to get some words down in the text box. It’s probably a good thing I stopped now. I’m wearing a smooth patch into my right thumb for holding my pen for too long. Heck, I actually used up ALL THE INK in a gel ink pen that […]