Post Academic

Last week on Post Academic (3/28-4/3)

Posted in Housekeeping by Arnold Pan on April 4, 2010
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Happy Easter!  If it’s as nice outside where you are as it is here in So Cal, you and your Peeps probably aren’t at your computer to read this.  But whether you’re brand new to the blog or haven’t been back in a while, here are some posts that might have been lost in the shuffle or cycled off the front page.

* We really explored the money side of academia and post-academia this past week.  Caroline warns about accruing too much in the way of student loans while you’re in grad school.  See if you can afford ’em by figuring out how much you’d make as a professor (or not) by checking out the salary comparison sites we’ve compiled here and here.

* And if you can’t afford the loans, Caroline suggests, with tongue-kinda-planted-in-cheek, that you might try out for The Apprentice.

* Arnold obsesses over what might be the vestiges of his career as an academic, psychoanalyzing his CV and mourning his account–which, by the way, still lives!

“Pink Marshmallow Peeps” by Jon Sullivan from Wikimedia Commons, public domain

The sad, impending demise of my .edu account

Posted in First Person,Surviving Grad School by Arnold Pan on March 30, 2010
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Earlier this month, I received a message that my email account “is set to expire” on April 1.  Practically speaking, it’s no big deal, since I switched my primary account to a different account a few years ago in anticipation of just this event.  And actually, I should’ve been cut off much sooner, even with the postgraduation grace period, but lecturing the past few years at UCI gave the .edu account a lifeline.

Symbolically, it probably means something more–I wouldn’t be shocked if I received a few more rejection letters as my April Fools surprise!  I’ve had some sort of .edu account for almost my whole virtual life (I used telnet for who knows how long!), and this particular one would be getting ready to go to high school soon.  But having the .edu address is something of a badge of honor for the academic lifer, since it represents a sense of belonging you can’t get with a .com or a .org.

A sampling what I’ll be missing out on starting Thursday is below the jump…