You’re almost done finals, and this is the last post of the term, so I thought I’d make it a good one. Your grades don’t matter. That’s not strictly true, but it makes for a really good title. But they don’t matter as much as you think they do. Not for grants, and not for grad school. There are other things that matter a lot more. Before this sends you into an existential crisis, let me explain.  Continue reading

I was going to upload today’s post after lunch, a funny Latin music video. But I got back to my desk to find that there’s been a shooting at a school in Connecticut. Eighteen children and nine adults are dead. Take a break from your finals, and just sit with your friends and family.

This past Monday, we had our end of term dinner. It’s a tradition in Classics that goes back a few years, a chance to get together and celebrate surviving another term of university, and to take our minds off of looming finals. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there, and the consuls are currently absorbed by the aforementioned finals. But here are some pictures of how I imagine it went.  Continue reading

Essay Writing 101

We may be living in a material world, but academics live in a citation nation. Proper citation is one of the most important and most often overlooked aspects of an essay, and can affect not only your final grade, but your academic future. Taking the extra time to make sure everything is cited properly is always worth it, and tools like Refworks make doing it easy. This isn’t a post on how to cite things, though I’ll include some links to style guides. It’s about why it’s important to cite things properly, and how you can make it easier.  Continue reading