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APPLYING TO GRAD SCHOOL, POST #8: SOP'S/PERSONAL STATEMENTS (PART 2)

Addressing "red flags" on your application: when, why, and how to do it.

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"Red flags" on an application can include many different things, like less-than-stellar grades/exam scores, a disciplinary record, and many others.

My first piece of advice is to try to discern what red flags you *actually* have. Especially if you're prone to self-doubt and...
insecurities, please seek as much advice as you can, preferably from people in your field, to ask if the things you're concerned about are actually WORTH being concerned about. For example, if your GPA isn't perfect, but it's decently above the minimum cutoff for the program,...
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Woah..that was freaky but familiar. Was lying down & decided to get up to take pain meds for #endometriosis and #fibroids and it felt as painful to get up as the day after surgery. In kitchen, sweating, lightheaded. Quickly squatted to avoid passing out holding onto fridge door
..which swung open..but I did not fall. Then once head feeling better, stood up long enough to take meds...then walked, wobbly and lightheaded to chair. I can't quite feel my palms but that will come back. This probably gets to be called 10/10 pain..but maybe really an 8/10
Great..and a migraine too..scotoma.. taking a migraine med and lying down. Man, when it rains it pours.

Mother Nature is such a misogynist.

SO glad I did not decide to rent a car and try to go Finger Lakes this weekend to see peak foliage.
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Direct support is ethical support. E.g. thro’ open discussions. If you like what they do, simply let them know. Other way’s to collaborate with them, if they’re willing. If not, next way of support is to express your interest in their mentorship.
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It’s important to be aware of proper support esp. in fields of, eg academia, art, design, etc. where not discussed as often. There are proper ways of support & is not difficult to achieve. It’s also fruitful for all when it is done properly.
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As once a student myself, this is an info I’d liked people in my field to have discussed more often or in some cases implemented. What matters is to be aware that there are people who support ethically. When you find them, support them too.
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Hear, hear

As a confident WOC willing to enter male dominated, non-diverse spaces (women >20% of my class & rare in tech)

I hear from men and women:
I take up too much space, I talk too much, etc, etc.

If invited 6x to podcasts in 2019, is that "too much"?
Who decides?
In the marketplace of ideas, lack of women o BIPOC in a space, what is the metric of too much/little? A recent thread on leadership coaching specific to #WIM: importance of having manners if one wants a seat at the table

How about results as the metric?
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I'm successful as an advocate, having been a Health Advocate of the Year in 2012 by @Drsforamerica in 2012. Part of being an advocate is bringing issues to the forefront that may not be the priority of decision makers. One communicates on it (albeit, at times, relentlessly)
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No more scaffolded assignments, mostly, for right now, a thread on pandemic resilient pedagogy, by me, doing the best I can in a trying time. #ResilientPedagogy #AcademicChatter #RemoteTeaching 1/13
In general, I love scaffolded assignments: they produce mini-deadlines and mini-deliverables and emphasize process and mitigate the possibility of last-minute-panic-writing, while also making cheating more trouble than it's worth. Yes. But. 2/13
12 week terms and scaffolds means that if each component builds on the next, I have a super-fast grading turnaround time, and things are due every week. That's a lot. And then chasing laggards on top of that. It requires me to be 100% fully functioning and *ON*. 3/13
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Colleagues, we need to talk about the damage that endless zooming can do. Every day I see new opportunities to join in this or that online discussion or conference, and each invitation is becoming a burden 1/... #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
For many of us, online conferencing is the main form of contact we have with others. But it's a stripped down form of contact which demands a particular focus and concentration. Colleagues tell me every day that it's more intense, and thus tiring, than IRL interaction 2/...
Communication is attenuated because many of the usual social and symbolic cues that tell us where we are, what our role is, how to interact and respond, are missing. This is especially awful if our interlocutors have their cameras switched off and we're talking into a void 3/...
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Few thoughts on virtual conferences. Thread ⤵️

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1. What I really like is the flexibility they bring : a lot of people can attend and even if you have personal/professional/family/etc constrains, you can still fit some talks in your schedule.

this is a great PLUS for me, as going away from home is not always possible
2. Current technology (chat, forum, etc) still enables interactivity and make the conference actually quite enjoyable to follow from home

2.bis not flying all over the world is actually not that bad for our carbon footprint...
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Nobel prize. An unpopular opinion. 1/3

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Nobel prize. An unpopular opinion. 2/3

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Nobel prize. An unpopular opinion. 3/3

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What is everyone planning in their courses for election week? How will we take care of ourselves, each other, and our learners? Let's brainstorm and crowdsource ideas?

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I'll share my two cents from the standpoint of #traumaaware teaching, diminished executive functions, and severe stress/overwhelm...
Reduce uncertainty. Create a simple plan for election week, and start gently communicating it as soon as you can. Let students know what they can expect.
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Hi! @sf_boswell has a new article out in Paradoxa, and you should all go read it! It's called "The Four Tourists of the Apocalypse," and it's about Caribbean climate fiction, disaster tourism, and ZOMBIES. 🧟 #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter

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She argues that, while scholars usually read Western climate fiction as using generic and narrative innovation to respond to climate change, postcolonial fiction in the Caribbean uses images of stasis, stagnation, and repetition to respond to ecological disaster.
Basically, as she points out, climate change is a rupture for Euro-American societies, not for postcolonial societies, which already have been experiencing catastrophe for years as a result of colonization.
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I just can't anymore, and I know a lot of you can't either. I am so done with these elite pockets of #HigherEd ignoring the work that the vast majority of us are doing every day.
"And some people would argue that those various services, as necessary and well intended as they might be, have a significant downside..."

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Hi everyone - we're so excited to have you along with us for the month of #NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month). We're hoping to take the month of October to create actionable change surrounding ableism in higher ed.
Did you know that roughly 25% of the US population is disabled? Likewise, schools report 20-25% of undergrads are disabled. The sad part is that only 8% of master's students, 7% of doctoral students, and a miniscule 3.6% of faculty ID as disabled #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
As disabled doctoral students we're dismayed by these numbers! We don't see our identities reflected in the academy. As proponents of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) we want to enact real measurable change. #DisabilityTwitter
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Ok y'all - we know it's the weekend and the world is a trash heap right now and you're burnt out. However, Universal Design strategies help us ALL - profs and students alike! Here are all of our resources on UDL that we've posted today - RT and tag your colleagues 1/5
Download @caitskirby's phenomenal one-pager using the following link: bit.ly/2GzKNVc

Print it out, hang it in your office, share it with your grad students. Send it to your cohort members, add it to your collection of pedagogy resources 2/5
@Nicole_Lee_Sch's introductory lecture on UDL practices and why we need them during the pandemic. Send it to you department, share it on your grad student facebook page, watch it in small chunks over the weekend. 3/5
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#UniversalDesign asks that you think about accommodations BEFORE you begin your course planning. I'm really passionate about UDL because I know how hard it is for students to secure accommodations and ensure they're followed. 1/9
There are huge barriers to securing accommodations. First of all, students need medical diagnoses. Yet we know women, students of color, and other minority students are less likely to be taken seriously by medical professionals. 2/9
Accommodations also cost a lot of money, even if you're privileged enough to have insurance coverage. It also costs time, access to medical specialists, and proper screening. Few people have access to that, so accommodations at best are a marker of privilege. 3/9
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I have a new note published in @SelimSociety on the notoriously confusing Durham Proverb 10! The proverb reads:

" 'Now it's up to the pig's judgment!' said the churl who sat on the boar's back"

But nobody knows what that means!

[CW: violence] #MedievalTwitter #AcademicChatter
We don't know why the churl (the word also means "husband") would be sitting on a pig's back. Some people have guessed it's a sexist joke, based on the fact that "churl" can mean "husband" and the Latin version of the proverb calls him a "maritus" (husband).
Anyway, I noticed that people sit on pigs' backs all the time in art: they sit there in order to hold the pig still for slaughtering. This appears regularly in Books of Hours at mark the start of winter.
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Friends,I've written a book about navigating academia while protecting our mental health.I know we're all struggling so please tell everyone there's help and care here routledge.com/Being-Well-in-…

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #AcademicMentalHealth #gradschool #PhDChat #ECRChat A flyer for my book Being W...
I keep seeing tweets where people are asking for help with anything from relationship difficulties to finances, time management to study skills, rights and safety, self-care to salary negotiation. It's all in the book! Don't make me spam all your tweets now 😄
Also if you've read the book and found it useful please tell everyone what bits helped, review it online, get it into your libraries, encourage your colleagues and students to read it. In this difficult time this book won't solve everything, but it will help with some things.
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I've been asked why I care so much/do mental health advocacy for #AcademicMentalHealth when I've recently left academia. So here's a 🧵 #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #AcademicMentalHealth #VulnerableAcademic 1/
I experienced the lowest point of my life during graduate school. I've since recovered to full health. It has, however, left a lasting mental scar on me. I'd never experienced depression before that point. I do my work to try to spare people being where I was at. 2/
Speaking out whilst actively IN academia can be tough. I have no intention of being a professor (though I'd have been a darn good one), so the risk to my career is reduced. I therefore can risk being vulnerable due to the privilege I have to do so. 3/
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To all the new Ph.D. students out there, co-authorship is a sensitive issue in Academia. Try your best to have a clear understanding of your role in a project. Here are some tips to navigate potential mishaps & avoid hurt/pain down the line. #academicchatter @PhDVoice
1/n Try to figure out if you are “helping like a good lab mate, learning as a young trainee/newbie” or “working as a partner/collaborator” on the project. Usually, the latter gets you a co-authorship, but it can depend a lot on individual circumstances.
2/n If you can, talk to your Adviser/PI about navigating these issues and what the expectations are for getting co-authorship in their lab. They want the lab to run smoothly, want group members to get along, and should be happy to have a conversation about this.
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“X papers accepted at Y”
~ What people don’t tell about paper acceptances! ~ A thread #AcademicChatter #phdlife
1/N Many papers that you see accepted now would have been very likely a second or a third submission! That doesn’t mean they are not worthy instead they actually took a lot more work including feedback from multiple reviewers, revisions, skilled rebuttals & perseverance!
2/N Yes, many would have made it in first attempt! They are likely the result of dedicated collaborations with some including structured teams! Again not a bad thing, but don’t feel bad because you are comparing this to you toiling the night oil all by yourself+advisor!
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Hi everyone! I didn’t expect such a response from PhD community! I’m so happy to hear from you all and I’m working through the messages! Because of the interest in a PhD support group I’m working on creating a forum for “PhD students by PhD students”! #phdchat #AcademicChatter
This forum will be dedicated to you all wonderful PhD students. You will be able to get advice, post publicly, ask questions and give answers, engage with fellow students and ask for help. I hope it will be a safe space for everyone to enjoy! #AcademicChatter #phdchat #phd
I will get the forum ready and going in the next few hours so please bare with me! I promise I haven’t forgotten and I want to help every single one of you with this forum! If you are still interested can you let me know by commenting bellow. @AcademicChatter #phdchat #support
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1/ Let's use glaciers to learn something about the relationship between average precipitation and temperature today! ❄️🏔️🌡️

The video below is realized with OGGM-Edu's "World Glacier Explorer" app: edu.oggm.org/en/latest/expl…

#education #glaciers #climate #AcademicChatter
2/ Where are the typical locations where glaciers receive most precipitation?
3/ Mainly:
- in the mid-latitudes storm track: New Zealand, Patagiona, western North-America, Norway...
- in the Monsoon influenced eastern Himalayas

These locations receive a lot of precipitation - Patagonia and north-eastern India are probably the wettest places on Earth!
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I thought I would share my personal experience of how I realized I was dyslexic. Everything started when I first came to UK to do my A-levels. I always struggled with writing but never understood why. In Russia back in 2007-2009 dyslexia wasn’t recognized as widely.
So when I came to UK, teachers in my school assumed all my struggles were due to the English language barrier. I couldn’t understand why my spoken English was so good but my writing English didn’t match it. It was so strange for me.
Then my school provided me with English tutor, who couldn’t recognize my dyslexia either. I do understand why not because I was only in UK for a year at this point and as international student chances of me being dyslexic were low.
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Folks. I've just merged all my PhD chapters into 1 actual thesis document!

Things I have learnt about creating a thesis in Word that will keep you SANE...(please comment & add more...keep the magic alive!)

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1. Create Styles for your headings, paragraphs & captions. This will keep everything looking the same, & hidden paragraph tabs will be EXPOSED!

Set size, indentation, bold/italics, colour etc & life will be sweet AF.
2. Create a multi-level heading numbering template & assign it to your heading styles. Important! Moving sections around will now be seamless & your Table of Contents will be made in the click of a button. Nice.
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(1/n) W/ morning coffee, my thinking gears are moving a bit faster than usual --> I have a career question: I have a plan in my head of how I eventually want to get to my future research statement plan as a PI (postdoc right now)... But there's a lot of transitions 🧵
(2/n) Undergrad I worked w/ algae/biofuels & interned w/ the EPA looking at coastal eutrophication/eel grass/climate change.... Transitioned during PhD working with anaerobic bacteria/lignin for biofuel/biomaterial applications purposes
(3/n) at the end of my PhD I realized I wanted to eventually shift back to coastal eutrophication/climate change & #eelgrass microbiome ... But I lack the omics skills and my thesis wasn't really ecology... So current postdoc is focusing on what I lacked looking at plant/fungal
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