Saturday, January 1, 2022

Empowered: The Grad School Chronicles (1.01)

(Restart Story) 

You round the corner of your apartment and walk towards the line of bikes locked in seemingly never-ending rows. It takes a moment for you to spot your trusty old cruiser. It's rusty and has shaky brakes and bent rims, but it gets you from point A to point B. Even better, it only cost you $20 on Craigslist. 

The ride to campus is uneventful. You weave in and out of crowds of undergraduates, nearly grazing a few of the more absent-minded ones, before making it to your department's central building. 

Finding parking is difficult, but eventually you snag a spot packed between several other bikes.

Looming before you is the steely gray edifice of Eliot University's department of social sciences and humanities. Somewhere inside is the room where your first history graduate seminar will be held. 

Your heart leaps inside your chest at the idea of finally beginning graduate school. You had always loved history. To you it represented the pinnacle of the academic experience, and you relished the opportunity to experience the frenetic exchange of ideas and critical thinking again. 

A few minutes of exploration later, you find the seminar room and enter. You're a little early so there are many available seats.  Because you'd like to get to know your cohort a bit better, you decide to sit beside one of the two people who arrived before you. 


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Nicholas Garcia (M.A.) is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Davis. He is also a Co-Founder of the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies. Previously, he contributed to and the Davis Humanities Institute.