Advice: How to Survive Grad School

Years ago, I taught English at Florida State University as a graduate student. A few former students asked me for letters of recommendation or advice, and I discovered that I actually had some to give. Here are the five biggest downsides I wish someone had told me about grad school. 5. The 20-page paper is no joke. Since graduateContinue reading “Advice: How to Survive Grad School”

Scared to Move, Scared to Stay

Sometimes I lie to myself and spin wishful falsehoods about how adventurous I am. I say, Given the chance, I would love to move to Europe or Asia and live for a few years outside the country. I lived in Belgium for a few years as a child since my dad was in the Army, and itContinue reading “Scared to Move, Scared to Stay”

Frugal Fruit Smoothies (not what you think)

My name is Dara and I am a Frugal Frannie. In real life, reckless is not an adjective anyone would use to describe me at all when it comes to personal finance. For the past four years, I’ve been slightly preoccupied with money management, learning best practices, pitfalls, and carving out my personal finance (PF)Continue reading “Frugal Fruit Smoothies (not what you think)”