In this podcast, Dra. Yvette Martínez-Vu, a Chicana femtor and higher education professional, provides low-income, first-generation, and students of color with knowledge about academia to help them prepare for graduate school.
I’m this episode I share a personal update and how I plan to take a break from episode recordings to focus on my health and well-being. I’m grateful for the support if my listeners and look forward to returning with new content during the end of May.
This episode is for my quarter system listeners— those of you who may be freaking out because you still have finals to finish all the while trying to figure out what this pandemic will really mean for you, your friends, and family. In this episode, I share some tips to help you survive finals despite the high stress and anxiety we are all experiencing. I am here to remind you that you are not alone and you will get through this! We are in this struggle together.
In this episode we feature a special guest, Jessennya Hernández, who shares her experience moving away from home and moving out of state for graduate school. She shares the pros and cons of moving away and provides invaluable advice to other individuals who are considering embarking on a similar grad school journey. Jessennya Hernandez is a Brown Xicana PhD candidate from Southern California (IE), first generation college/ grad student, and is in her 4th year in the Sociology department at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her research interests lie in Sexuality and Gender; Race/ Ethnicity; Urban Sociology; Latino/a Studies; Political Economy; Resistance; Women of Color Feminisms; Queer of Color Theory; Intersectional Feminism; and Transnationalism. Her current dissertation research focuses on people of color, primarily working class queer Latinx femmes and women, in greater LA and how they create space for themselves as well as engage in creative/ artistic practices to navigate various forms of oppression in their everyday lives. Jessennya’s goal is to highlight marginalized forms of knowledge, elevate queer people of color, and increase resources and access to higher education for black and brown communities through research, teaching, and mentorship.
Are you wanting to learn more about graduate programs and how to find out which to apply for? In this episode, you'll learn about post-baccalaureate, master's, and PhD programs. I go over what they are, who should apply to each, and the benefits of these programs. If you're uncertain as to what type of program to apply for after completing your bachelor's degree then please tune in.
Have you been admitted to a PhD program? Perhaps more than one program? Are you wondering if and how to negotiate your funding offer(s)? If so, please listen. Long story short, no matter what offer you receive you can always ask for more. I understand that in many cases we may feel so grateful and humble to have received an offer that it feels selfish to ask for more. Sometimes students worry that if they ask for more, the program will change their mind and take away the offer. But in actuality it's normal and critical to ask for more funding whether that's in the form of an increase in your living stipend, summer funding, or funding to assist with relocation expenses. Any little bit that they give after the initial offer can make a big difference in your graduate school experience.
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu talks about summer research programs. She answers the following questions: What are these programs? Who are they for? What are the components of a summer program application? And what are the benefits of applying? If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college, this episode is for you! Check it out.
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu has a special guest, Cecilia Caballero, who shares her journey navigating UC Berkeley as a low-income, first-gen, pregnant student of color. Cecilia Caballero is a Afro-Chicana single mother-scholar-poet. She is the mother of a ten year old boy, Alonzo, who was born during her time as an undergraduate student. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She also holds BAs in English and Chicanx Studies from UC Berkeley and an AA in Liberal Arts from Los Medanos Community College. Her dissertation focuses on narratives of Chicana mothering, feminism, gender, sexuality, and spiritual activism in Chicana literature and cultural production and her next creative project focuses on the intersections between Black and Chicana feminist speculative theory in the works of Octavia Butler and Gloria Anzaldua. Cecilia is co-founder of the Chicana M(other)work collective and is co-editor of the Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolucion. She is also an essayist, poet, and creative writer and is founder of the Bookworm Por Vida podcast and project which celebrates BIPOC literature for liberation. Please tune in to learn more from her experiences and advice.
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu continues sharing grad school terms. This is the first episode where I share a listener review and give a shout out. Listener reviewers featured on my podcast get a special prize. Tune in to learn more!
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu answers a series of discussion questions to teach you how to thrive graduate school. Key terms mentioned include imposter syndrome, microaggressions, and family achievement guilt. Tune in to learn more.
Dra. Martinez-Vu shares her advice for implementing self-care and stress-management practices to take care of your mind, body, and soul while also managing your academic work. This episode is for you if you're an undergrad, grad student, or early career academic who feels overwhelmed, burned out, and stuck. If you take care of yourself, you can experience more joy and thrive in all areas of your life.
If you recently applied to PhD programs and wondering what comes next in the process then this episode is for you. Learn more about the PhD admissions timeline, when you’ll hear back from programs, and what to prepare for after that.
Are you curious about the GRE exam? Do you wonder- how important is it? Should you study? Is it necessary to take this exam? If you want to learn more, then listen to this episode as Dra. Martinez-Vu explains what you need to know about the GRE before taking it.