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Jobseeking advice from someone who landed her dream job in the middle of a pandemic

I wanted to share this insight from the alumna I interviewed today. She graduated last May, having finished her final courses remotely. At the time, she said, she couldn't find a single job opening in her field. But by August, she was hired for an entry-level role, at an organization she admired, in the precise industry she wanted.

Reading Roundup: September 2020

Short roundup this month. I started a couple of new learning ventures (yes, ventures) in September: another online writing class through the university where I work, and virtual training to become a volunteer Tree Tender in my neighborhood. Both have weekly readings and assignments, so I sometimes find myself completing quizzes on sick tree symptoms… Continue reading Reading Roundup: September 2020

Climate link roundup: September 2020

Hello from a particularly cool and overcast week in September, as Smoke From Western Wildfires Darkens the Skies of the East Coast and Europe (InsideClimate News, September 19). People and policy The Drawdown is a resource for climate solutions in a range sectors. This JSTOR article sums up the connection between racial disparities in COVID-19… Continue reading Climate link roundup: September 2020

Tattoos for English Majors

Up until relatively recently, this blog had a title, and the title was Scribal Tattoo. I wasn't particularly attached to the name, which is a shallow pun on "tribal tattoo": I'm the scribe, obviously, and while I'm not more tattooed than your average writer, my identity as a tattooed person goes all the way back… Continue reading Tattoos for English Majors

Reading Roundup: August 2020

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi. The first half is a heady, florid coming of age story set in the pressure cooker of a high school for performing arts. I am not sure it is correct to say that I enjoyed it--the suffocating teenaged desperation for any kind of validation is rendered both sympathetic and insufferable,… Continue reading Reading Roundup: August 2020

Climate link roundup (featuring climate v. COVID)

I'm a little behind on my intention to keep up with climate news, so quite a few of these links are from my Climate Change coursework this spring. It's worth it to me to do some annotations; I'll need to revisit this information again. People and policy Grist: The curse of ‘both-sidesism’: How climate denial… Continue reading Climate link roundup (featuring climate v. COVID)