Category Growing Up

Things I’ve Learned from the First Semester of Grad School

1). Make popcorn with hot sauce. When I say popcorn, I mean like corn kernels that you pop in a pot on the stove, not a bag you stick in the microwave. Philistine. No, seriously, bulk corn is better in every way, more cost effective than the boxed stuff, and also not nearly as hard […]


I’m with Catherine in Edinburgh, and we’re listening to the Chieftains and nothing could be more Scottish. The crocuses are blooming in the park across the street, and I have two cups of coffee in front of me. Everything in Edinburgh is old, even the New Town, which was built in 1765. If the pound […]

Ticket: Elaborated

I’m going to start off by stating that I have no plan thus far. I guess that goes for both traveling and this coming year/5 years/foreseeable future. Where did this come from? Why is there a one-way ticket to From Chicago to Istanbul on my credit card statement? It’s complicated. Only it doesn’t seem complicated to me. […]

“You’re not your fucking khakis.”

This year, February is being known not only as crappy-weather-month, but also as the-month-during-which-Katie-will-eventually-get-her-grad-school-rejections/acceptions. None have come back yet, it’s still early, but I should be finding out within the next couple of weeks, and mother of God if that isn’t a little terrifying. If I’m not accepted anywhere, if all I receive are rejections, […]

Second Semester Senior

Some people would take their last semester of college easy, maybe not take as many classes, or take classes on wine appreciation, vegetable gardening, or flower arranging (all real classes at the U of I). Maybe some people would just spend a couple extra hours on the internet or hanging out with friends, or just […]

Pay No Attention To The Fact That I Should Be Writing A Term Paper Right Now

Seriously, pay no attention. I just paid a dollar more than I normally would to write my term paper in Cafe Paradiso, the resident fancy coffee place just barely on the Urbana side of campus, because the coffee here is really good and fancy. Actually, this place isn’t even that fancy. The furniture is mismatched, […]