Inside Higher Ed
June 1st, 2015
Three years ago I proudly waved my flip phone around and told anyone
who cared (and many who didn’t) that I hadn’t a clue about social media,
nor did I care to know about it, thank you very much. I liked reading
my books, writing my papers and teaching my students.
Now, as a Ph.D. candidate currently working to help professionalize
graduate students, I have a Twitter account, several suits and an
iPhone. I’ve also undergone an attitudinal shift: I think differently
about what a graduate student should know and do. Looking back on the
flip phone version of myself, I’m struck by the disconnect between who I
am now and who I was only a few years ago. What follows are some simple
tips I’d have given myself if I could have tapped myself on the
shoulder at graduate orientation.