Write What Serves You

It’s┬ánot always an easy position, being a MA candidate. The program is short, and a lot of department attention and resources are centered on the PhD candidates by default. You really have to learn to be your own advocate, setting your own goals and making your own plans. Luckily for me, I’ve always been overambitious and a little bulldoggish — I’m not really the type of person who is comfortable fading into the background. But even I started my program feeling overwhelmed and a little unsupported until I found my balance, and part of that balance means only doing work that serves me.

I believe in this mantra, “write what serves you” so deeply, to the point where I’m chanting it in the meditative, devotional part of my yoga classes. Write what serves you. This is the idea that makes me feel like I have a plan, like I’m getting my money’s worth for this very pricey education. People of color are pretty used to being their own advocates, I know I am, so going into grad school with this mindset has really helped me not only select the right projects and focus on my long-term goals, but also to trust in my own power and agency. It reminds me that I don’t need to wait around for other people to tell me what to do, that I am capable and people will recognize this, and that I am the one in charge of my career.

With (almost) one year of grad school done, and seemingly no extraneous filler classes or work I’m not totally passionate about under my belt, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to keep this up throughout the rest of my program. This is my very informal list of tips for making your grad school experiences serve you. Continue…

Welcome to BGMB

Maybe the blog title gave us away; we are obviously two brown girls interested in blogging about our experiences in the museum industry, but there’s more to Ravon and I than just that! We’re excited about building a community of people who, like us, are interested in museum minority experiences, and to that end, we interviewed each other in order to start the conversation.

On a beautiful spring day outside of an uptown D.C. cafe, we sat down to interview each other about the basic resume stuff, favorite things, ultimate goals– to share a bit about who we are. Continue…