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The Geeky Seamstress on Sew-viving Academia

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. Here to share her thoughts today is Mindy of The Geeky Seamstress. I got my start in sewing a few years ago. I’ve always been a busy person. During my undergrad years, I took anywhere from 16-20 hours per semester and held down several part-time jobs. As a graduate student, I again took the maximum course load I could while working from …

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Stacey of FreshStitches on Sew-viving Academia

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. linguist and crocheter Stacey, who blogs (and sells delightful amigurumi crochet patterns) at FreshStitches. I’ve always loved working with children, so after doing my undergrad in Linguistics, I decided to continue and get my Ph.D. in Child Language Acquisition. At the start, it’s a lot of fun because you use toys and playtime as a way of documenting and …

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Dayo of ByDaiyami on Sew-viving Academia

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. historian and seamstress Dayo, who tweets as ByDaiyami. I didn’t sew in grad school. My roommate had a machine, but it seemed like an odd curiosity. In grad school, I maintained sanity through taking African dance, and training to teach aerobics. Dance, aerobics, sewing: these are the three mileposts on the way to comfort with my body. …

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Kat of the Couture Academic on Sew-viving Academia

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. molecular biologist and seamstress Kat of The Couture Academic. I was so delighted to see an invitation from the lovely and talented Seamstress Erin to do a guest post on the relationship between sewing and the academic life. I also wanted to say a hearty CONGRATUATIONS to Erin on her substantial accomplishment – it’s no small feat …

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Vicki of Another Sewing Scientist on Sew-viving Academia

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Vicki of Another Sewing Scientist. Sewing Scientists are the coolest kind of scientists. It’s true. (Trust me, I’m a scientist.) Confession time: I’m not Dr. Another Sewing Scientist. I have 18 years of schooling, but never wanted to do a PhD. I did a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology in 1999, and the program has since been altered to …

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Amy of Sew Well on Sew-viving Academia

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. chemist and seamstress Amy of Sew Well. First of all, I want to give a huge congratulations to Erin on her well-earned Ph.D. Not only has she now received a few very prestigious letters to add to the end of her name, but she also earned those letters while perfectly poising herself to transition into an independent …

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Anne of PlayCrafts on Sew-viving Academia

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. computer scientist and quilter Anne of Play-Crafts. I started quilting when I was 8. I made the start of a row of log cabin blocks, declared it boring and moved on to the next shiny thing. Fast forward almost 30 years, and I found myself in grad school for computer science, going nuts from stress, long hours, …

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Karen of Bella Industries on Sew-viving Academia

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Karen of BellaIndustries. Congratulations to Erin, on the Completion of her PhD! First off, I don’t have a PhD! I can’t focus on any one thing for very long, so Erin let me into this august group of bloggers because I have an MA-TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and MS – Library Science. Though neither has had …