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Wendy Marie at Parren15
Delivering welcoming remarks at the 2nd Annual Parren Mitchell Symposium at the University of Maryland

Today was the last day of the spring semester and my third year in graduate school. A celebration of some sort is definitely in order. Apparently time flies when you’re having fun and when you’re pursuing your PhD.

While the beginning and end of semesters and summers tend to blur, I think it’s important to take stock. This academic year I have taken and passed my comprehensive exams, started on my dissertation proposal, gotten my dissertation IRB approved, completed another iteration of a paper and submitted it for publication (prayers up, please!), applied for and received two travel grants, presented at two regional sociology meetings, had a paper accepted for the Popular Culture panel at the American Sociological Association meeting (OMG!), planned and executed a successful and meaningful symposium on our contemporary social movement, preserved my mental health throughout an emotionally taxing year, and managed to have a life outside of my work! It has been a fabulous year, but there is more to be done!

It’s never too early to compile another notoriously long summer to do list, so here it is:

  • Complete dissertation proposal
  • Outline book project
  • Outline BGLO project
  • Submit to the Anya Diary anthology
  • Preliminary dissertation research
  • First draft of Korean conference paper
  • Present and network at ASA

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