Grad School Femtoring

Grad School Femtoring

By Yvette Martinez-Vu
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.
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22: Postbacs, Master's and PhD Programs

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28: Time-Management, Focus, and Motivation in an Era of Online Work
In this episode, Dra. Yvette tackles the issue of time-management, lack of focus, and lack of motivation that many students are experiencing now that we've transitioned to online instruction for an undetermined period of time. She provides 14 tips to help with this issue, which includes setting a routine, relying on a support system, and lowering your bar, among others. Tune in to learn more! 
43:31
May 29, 2020
27: Postdocs and Job Hunting during a Pandemic
In this episode, you'll hear more about some of the current issues that grad students, recent grads, and postdocs are facing while job hunting during a pandemic. Dra. Yvette discusses academic layoffs, furloughs, job freezes, and salary freezes as well as how these issues will impact the current academic job market. She offers suggestions for how to remain flexible and open yourself up to new opportunities to survive this pandemic and to put yourself in a strong position to eventually secure a good job. 
20:53
May 26, 2020
26: Starting Grad School During a Pandemic
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares advice to individuals who are preparing to start master's and PhD programs this fall amidst a global pandemic. She shares advice on key considerations, such as whether you should defer your offer, what are the financial implications of moving, how to secure housing, and how to plan amidst so much uncertainty about the fall.
34:51
May 26, 2020
25: Personal Update
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.
04:18
March 27, 2020
24: Surviving Finals Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
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.
19:19
March 14, 2020
23: Moving Away From Home for Grad School With Jessennya Hernandez
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.
47:44
March 13, 2020
22: Postbacs, Master's and PhD Programs
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. 
22:53
March 6, 2020
21: Negotiating a PhD Funding Offer
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.  
22:07
February 28, 2020
20: Applying to Summer Research Programs
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. 
29:31
February 21, 2020
19: Navigating UC Berkeley as a Low-Income, First-Gen, Pregnant Student of Color with Cecilia Caballero
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. 
47:23
February 14, 2020
18: ABCs of Grad School - Part 2
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!
36:06
February 9, 2020
17: ABCs of Grad School - Part 1
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu shares and defines common terms related to grad school. She shares them in hopes that you can feel more comfortable, aware, and informed in academic settings. 
30:25
February 2, 2020
16: Thriving as a Low-Income, First-Gen, or Underrepresented Student in Grad School
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. 
23:15
January 26, 2020
15: Self-Care and Stress Management in Academia
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. 
24:48
January 19, 2020
14: The Grad School Open House or Campus Visit
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu shares what to do if you've been invited to a grad school open house. 
10:14
January 12, 2020
13: Preparing for a Grad School Interview
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu walks you through how to prepare for a grad school interview and shares the most common interview questions. Tune in to learn more. 
21:33
January 5, 2020
12: PhD Admissions Timeline
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.
13:12
December 29, 2019
11: Balancing Family and Academia
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu shares advice on harmonizing between family and academic work expectations especially during the holiday season.
22:44
December 22, 2019
10: Your GRE, Transcript, and Fee Waiver Questions Answered
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu answers common questions about sending GRE scores, ordering transcripts, and applying for fee waivers for grad school applications.
14:35
December 15, 2019
9: Demystifying Grad School Myths
In this episode, Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu demystifies seven common grad school myths. Check it out to learn more!
16:51
December 8, 2019
8: Imposter Syndrome and Managing Feelings of Doubt
In this episode Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu shares how she manages feelings of doubt as well as the advice she gives to her students who struggle with imposter syndrome.
17:50
December 1, 2019
7. Writing Personal and Diversity Statements
Dra. Martinez-Vu defines what is a personal statement and diversity statement, shares sample grad school essay prompts, and offers ideas for what to write about in these statements.
15:04
November 24, 2019
6: Identifying a Good Grad Program
Are you interested in finding a good graduate program but don’t know where to start? Then listen to the three tips that Dra. Martinez-Vu offers to help you find a program that is a good fit for you.
15:12
November 17, 2019
5: Writing the Statement of Purpose
Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu talks about the essential components of a statement of purpose and shares tips for how to get started on a draft.
16:19
November 10, 2019
4: Grad School Funding
Learn about what types of funding are available in grad school and what a good PhD funding package looks like.
18:43
November 3, 2019
3: GRE Exam and Scores
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.
09:03
October 27, 2019
2: Asking for Letters of Recommendation
This episode will teach you how to identify letter recommenders for grad school apps and how to make the dreaded ask to get them to write you the letter
11:23
October 20, 2019
1: The Grad School List
Dra. Martinez-Vu shares what to include in your graduate school list as you begin to prepare to apply for master’s and PhD programs
15:12
October 13, 2019