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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Friday, June 02, 2006

I'm An Acorn

So, after spending a total of three nights in my own bed - having been in Newfoundland for thirty-one nights and Toronto for another two - I'm back on the road again in Lincoln, Nebraska. Having been invited to be am exam reader for the Advanced Placement European History for five years now, I was finally able to accept - apparently I can do it undermy F-1 visa as Curricular Practical Training or CPT. No one told me that was possible for the past two years, otherwise I would have been here for two years ago.

Anyway, so we are at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln reading some 90,000 exams over the next seven days. As I'm a first year, my name tag as a little tag on it with the College Board's logo - which features an acorn.
All first years have this on their name badge, hence the fact that all first year readers are called acorns. Kind of a nice or at least unique way to say rookie.

So, I'm here until the end of next week and then I look forward to a summer in Athens (for the most part), organizing and analyzing the data that I collected for my dissertation, hopefully doing some writing on manuscripts that I have let slide a bit, and just taking it a little easier for a change.

Tags: Advanced Placement, AP, graduate student, graduate students, graduate school, higher education, education


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