Friendships and Judo aside, a miserable time

My second (worse) wave of grading for this term has begun: first year essays which we are vexatiously required to grade exclusively online.

At the same time, my PhD proposal continues to drift into strenge new realms of lateness; opening my email inbox produces blasts of panic; and it’s hard not to obsess over the insanity south of the border, even if that obsessing serves no productive purpose. The Trump victory also raises questions for my PhD project, with my supervisor making the dispiriting suggestion that it may be wise to drop Keystone XL from the analysis, and possibly refocus the whole project on opposition to natural resource projects in Western Canada, including fracking. This is about the last thing I want when I desperately need to get a proposal submitted and approved, and then get ethical approval granted.

On another note, the Lionel Massey Foundation (Massey’s student council) has acclaimed a “new College photographer” whose one set so far, from the Halloween dance, strikes me as rather amateur in quality.

To add to it all, I have not been paid for my teaching work since April 28th and have been living by drawing down the PhD account I established while still working and spending every cent I have ever earned from photography (no gear replacement or repair for the foreseeable future).

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

3 thoughts on “Friendships and Judo aside, a miserable time”

  1. To substantiate my claim about the photography, some comparisons from the same event:

    Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange: A, B

    Harley Quinn: A, B

    Aristocrats: A, B

    Note: The files from the new photographer were in the inappropriate choice of PNG format. I didn’t convert them.

  2. If you are supposed to be paid for the teaching work then I recommend contacting the union. If you are not supposed to be paid for it then I suspect that is still a violation of the TA union agreement.

  3. They owe me my September and October pay, but everything has been held up by a couple of obscure paperwork problems. One of them took ages for the School of Graduate Studies to process, concealing the fact that another set of documents also needed to be filled out for the UTM people.

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