Summer has finally arrived (sort of, still have a couple loose ends from this past semester to tie up) and I wanted to lay out some of my goals to maybe hold myself accountable, but also because writing things out usually eases my stress a little, and impending grad school applications are definitely making that stress pique.
Source of the Day
I love this system and highly recommend for folks trying to move on from that initial research phase of collecting potential sources
Every day, read and write an annotated bibliography entry for one source from my thesis project in NoodleTools
This may feel like a daunting pace to keep up with given I do include weekends lol, but I’ve got a lot of blogs and listicles that I can and want to clear out rather quickly so I can move on to the things I know I need to work with more in depth. Also it’s totally okay to skip a day sometimes, it really is of no consequence
Read at least one of the novels I plan to use
At the moment I’ve got two novels of particular interest, both of them things I would honestly pick up if I were just reading for fun, and I know this fall is going to end up being a really reading heavy semester, so I want to be able to devote myself to these things the way they deserve while I can
Take notes while reading, of course
Draft an initial outline of an analysis based in the theory I’m using as my lens. And try to get at least 5-10 pages of a paper that can be expanded into a chapter and writing sample in the fall
Revisit my abstract
Begin drafting personal statements and statements of purpose
This is definitely one of the more daunting parts of the application process to me, so just getting anything, no matter how rough, on paper so it’s not completely ruining my life when we hit November and December would be great
Add to-do list columns to planning spreadsheet
Easy thing I can do and have done and feel accomplished about
Finish looking into potential advisors
Finish filling out notes in planning spreadsheet
Reach out in August
MISC SCHOOL THINGS
Turn in last blog comments for this past semester
This is something that needs to get done this week, hopefully today
Fill out Latin American studies course permission request form
This is actually super cool, I made a whole new course happen just because I asked a question no one ever had before! Big reminder that “you get some of what you ask for and none of what you don’t” will always ring true. But uh... yeah, need to get that form filled out at some point.
Write letter in support of my professor who’s up for promotion
Due July 15th
I’m not going to do any however many days of productivity challenge or anything, given I’ve got a lot of traveling going on this summer and a lot of unpredictability, but I will be posting updates as I go for sure, so come follow along! 🥰
(Also if you are someone who is in grad school for a foreign language atm and you’ve got any tips on the application process, please, I am all ears. Every time I think about the 20 page writing sample one of my applications requires I will admit I do cry, so all advice or words of encouragement are appreciated lol)
This was one of the first YA books I had read in about 2 years. After reading predominantly poetry and essays, I knew I needed to ease myself in with a shorter piece and I couldn’t have been happier. I had chosen to listen to the audiobook when I realized that Elizabeth Acevedo tells the story of Xiomara Batista through fragments in the form of short spoken word poems. Immediately, the pacing of the stories was quick and scene-like in style, much more film than book, and most similar to The House on Mango Street in its themes and setup.
The poems present an incredible first-person perspective from a young Hispanic woman who is seen by the world as a sexual object to be desired and touched, something she never asked for and can’t help. Her curvy body makes people think that she is asking for it, including her mother. She knows how the world sees her daughter and she restricts her interactions and hobbies accordingly and constantly pushes her deeper into Catholicism. Xiomara’s story presents the difficulties of being a teenage female— falling in love for the first time, struggling with how others see her, questioning the religion her mom is so devout to, and expressing all of her frustrations and loves through her writing.
I highly recommend the audiobook and the book in general for everyone, whether or not they enjoy poetry. The voice of Elizabeth Acevedo and of Xiomara combined paint a beautiful rhythmic tale of adolescence that everyone can identify with and find a piece of her story, her family’s, or friends’, to relate to.
September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month! Check out this list of fantastic Latinx and Hispanic Young Adult Authors! Find our shelf on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/56651068-mvml-ya?shelf=latinx-authors
Full list of authors under the cut. Our Goodreads list is updated monthly so check back soon for more authors!
a lot of sentiment on tumblr, be it ironically or not, is basically that the humanities in western academia are still purposefully pushing reactionary and colonialist lines of thoughts, be it historical fields, linguistics, literary or social studies when not only you are constantly told in humanities to be critical of sources and consider the time and place they originate from but also the vast amount of professors worth their money will openly criticize sources and previous scholars and call them out on the bias in their work