Tag Archives: Graduate Students

Next Steps …

In my last post I talked about successfully defending my dissertation. In this post I turn to a discussion of what happens now. So I might be in the majority or the minority of recent dissertation completers (I am not sure) but I did not secure a job prior to finishing my dissertation. Because I […]

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The End of My Beginning …

Last Monday, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation almost four years to the day that I started my Ph.D. program. It has been quite a ride. As I entered the room with the nationally known researchers, past university presidents, and research organization heads, I couldn’t help but feel honored to be there sharing about the […]

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You’ve Written (or Are Writing) a Dissertation … So What?

We talk so much about research questions—what qualifies as a good question, whether the question implies a certain research methodology, what are the right words to use, etc. Yet, at the end of the day there’s one question that trumps even the research question(s). It is important to ask … so what? What’s significant about […]

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Graduate Students in Debt & the Money Taboo

Last month I wrote a post about the newly released documentary, Ivory Tower. My post (and the film) was primarily concerning the student debt crisis facing higher education in general with a focus on the rise in student loan debt of undergraduate students in recent decades. But, what was not addressed in the film was […]

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The Revolution is Now?

It’s summer, so that must mean that I am teaching Finance in Higher Education again. And this summer, I’m teaching it a lot. I have all three sections for the Ed.D. and Master’s programs related to higher education, which means I lead the course six hours a night, three nights a week, for six weeks. […]

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From Footnotes to the Center of the Text

As Michael Lujan Bevacqua writes, the island of Guam (Guåhan), is “one big American footnote”: My island is one big American footnote, Sitting black/brown as day on the bottom of every red, whitewashed and blue page Through textual treaties or wars these narrow margins are our new, now, old or eternal homes Read the rest […]

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How is a Dissertation Like Falling in Love?

Even a cursory reading of pop psychology reveals that humans attempt to recreate the love they once felt from their parents in the arms of another adult later in life. Falling in love, then, is a precarious practice and—as with all hazardous yet vital life activities—there is a constant possibility of torment. So too then, […]

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Knowledge of Borrowing and Repayment–Ignorance Isn’t Always Bliss

In our work with master’s degree students, we found that many of them freely admitted to knowing very little, and, in many cases, nothing, about their student loans when they were undergraduates. Common responses were: “My parents took care of most of it.” and “They [mom and dad] sent me the information and I signed […]

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Graduate Student’s Debt Decision-Making Process—Seeking Advice and Making the Right Decision

Borrowing money to pay for college, a new home, a car, or to consolidate debt, can be a stressful experience. Not having someone to talk with about borrowing can add to the stress. In our study students described the stress they encountered, or avoided, when making financial aid decisions. One student told us, “My sister […]

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Is Education Loan Debt Really a Return on Investment (ROI)?

Once again it is the time of year when graduates across the country proudly don their caps and gowns and march across the stage to pomp and circumstance to receive their hard earned degrees. These degrees are then followed up by the first student loan bills, which will require hard earned cash to pay back. […]

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