This McNair Blog space is dedicated to building a supportive community of faculty and students who work together to motivate, teach, inspire and encourage each other to pursue graduate studies leading to the doctorate degree. This blog is a space that brings together educators and other McNair program participants from the national community to share their experiences in order to demystify the fear associated with applying to graduate school.
One of the wonderful things about the internet is it allows us to reach out and be reached by people we would have never been able to have a relationship with. We invite faculty to share their narratives about making it to graduate school and surviving through the process. We want our students to understand that becoming a scholar doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a process–one that usually involves the support of many people. Becoming a scholar takes an unwavering commitment to pursing your goals despite the challenges one may encounter. It requires learning a new culture, a new language, and carving out a space for ideas that are not always understood or welcomed. It takes resilience and tenacity to fight through the barriers that often cause students to question their academic worth and intelligence. It takes a community of supportive people who believe in our success even when we’ve run out of energy to believe in ourselves.
This space calls on faculty and students to share their wisdom with each other about the process of becoming scholar. Together we can build a solid foundation of knowledge in our communities by taking advantage of the internet for intellectual exchange. Most importantly this is a space for students to express themselves outside of the institutional constraints that would have them believe that one’s intellectual capacity can be accurately reflected in a number or letter.
Hopefully we can find new or recycled intellectual tools that describe how to make it over, through, or around those inevitable roadblocks. If you have questions to ask, hidden curriculum wisdom to share, or just plan words of encouragement…you words are welcome in this space.
In respect and honor of Ronald E. McNair accomplishments–
WHETHER OR NOT YOU REACH YOUR GOALS IN LIFE DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON HOW WELL YOU PREPARE FOR THEM AND HOW BADLY YOU WANT THEM. YOU’RE EAGLES! STRETCH YOUR WINGS AND FLY TO THE SKY!”
~~Ronald E. McNair