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Saturday, March 12, 2005
random meanderings

I don't feel like I have much to blog right now. But, what the hell, I'll blog anyway. This weekend I am devoting to writing- writing many different incarnations of the masters thesis (conference paper, article draft etc...) but I feel like throwing myself into it and I get so much more and working is so much easier with Jo home from NY. I'll try not to start the drinking that is associated with writing until later on in the day, I promise. Yesterday was visit day for potential grad students in our department. I participated as little as possible. I didn't go to visit day when I started as the department gave me 2 whole weeks notice for the event and getting off from work wasn't going to happen. I came on my own which I think was the best way for me to really see the department as it was. The gender area table I sat at was pretty quiet, and the tables for areas with lots of funding were very crowded. One of the two potential students who came up to talk with us very much so wanted funding to do actual qualitative gender research. We were like "yeah, good luck with that" and explained how most funding for people like us who do qualitative gender research is teaching, or desk job PAs like I have. Occassionally one might get funding to take a course- but this happens through international programs and not through the sociology department. He seemed pretty unhappy with that answer- but hey, its the truth. I don't know how it works in other departments. Maybe there are qualitative gender people who get funding (pre-diss) to do their own research. We don't even require a qual methods course, even though we all have to take/suffer through 3 semesters of quant methods. Oh well. I find myself really looking forward to spring break next week. Not because I am going to do anything fun like go someplace warm, but because I can catch up on getting some work done. I really need that week (with a break from my course work) to catch up on things and feel good about it.

posted by knit wit | 3/12/2005 07:14:00 AM

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