Graduate School Meditations

Jane the Virgin: TA Reflections

Being a Teaching Assistant (TA) for "Jane the Virgin: Latinx Readers and the (Latin) American Literature," a 300 person course that examined Latin American literature and popular culture through the lens of a popular dramedy, was a fun experience.  The CW series Jane the Virgin centers on a young writer who triumphs despite becoming accidentally artificially… Continue reading Jane the Virgin: TA Reflections

Graduate School Meditations · Professional Development

Archiving the Trianon Press: Center for Archival Research and Training Fellowship

What is the Trianon Press Archive? In operation from  the 1950's-1980's, Trianon Press was a fine arts press based in Paris.  The Press was run by Arnold Fawcus, a former combat ski-instructor and counter espionage intelligence officer turned fine art book-maker.  The Press is best known for their work under the William Blake Trust making… Continue reading Archiving the Trianon Press: Center for Archival Research and Training Fellowship

Graduate School Meditations

Latina/o/x Expressions in (U.S.) American Literature: TA Reflections

This course surveyed the work of living Latina/o/x writers primarily in the U.S.  We read memoirs, novels, graphic memoirs, poems, watched films, listened to music, and engaged a diverse set of texts by authors such as Daisy Hernández, Gloria Anzaldúa, Junot Díaz, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Alberto Ledesma.  As a Teaching Assistant in this course,… Continue reading Latina/o/x Expressions in (U.S.) American Literature: TA Reflections

Graduate School Meditations · Professional Development

Communicating Professionally as a Graduate Student

In the Fall of 2018, I was part of the inaugural cohort who successfully completed the UCSC Graduate Division's Professional Communication Certificate Program.  I want to share (and remember) some of the most important concepts that I took away from this experience.  Participating in this program, or in programs with similar goals and deliverables at… Continue reading Communicating Professionally as a Graduate Student

Graduate School Meditations

Writing the Future: TA Reflections

Another quarter and another new TA dynamic.  This summer I worked with Porter College students in a class on SF.  We read Shelley, Wells, Miller, Delaney, Delillo, and a few short stories.  More new territory for me, in some ways.  This class had students in many places in their educational experience from graduating seniors to… Continue reading Writing the Future: TA Reflections

Graduate School Meditations

Classical Mythology: TA Reflections

An exciting and last minute switch at the start of the Spring 2018 quarter landed me in new territory in many ways.  I joined seven other Teaching Assistants (TAs) as a graduate facilitator for two sections of a 400 person mega-lecture on Classical Mythology.  We covered texts by Apollodorus, Ovid, Hesiod, Sophocles, Euripedes, and Plato.… Continue reading Classical Mythology: TA Reflections

Graduate School Meditations

Technologies of Taste: TA Reflections

My first experience as an instructional assistant at UCSC begins!  In my previous roles, I began as a tutor, then a grader, and after completing required preparatory courses, of course, I taught sections of my own literature and academic rhetoric and writing courses.  After being solely responsible for the management of a course, I am… Continue reading Technologies of Taste: TA Reflections