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A Reading Week Well Spent at Boot Camp

My posts are typically dedicated to experiences or issues pertaining to accessibility and disability. I am switching themes this week because I participated in an event that shifted my perception of being a graduate student.

I recently attended the Dissertation Boot Camp that was held during reading week. It was my first time, and I honestly did not know what to expect. I knew, however, that I needed a change of pace and environment in order to get through my long list of tasks that I had created for myself. Despite the fact that I am not currently working towards my thesis, I thought the boot camp could be the perfect occasion to start and finish course work. Little did I know that, within the boot camp, I would find an energy that I have not felt anywhere else before.

Group of grad students in the library

I typically do not enjoy working alongside other folks, but it is such a wonderful feeling to be in a room among 60+ other grad students. I honestly thrived on having time specifically dedicated  for me to focus on my work without having to worry about anything else. As a disabled grad student, my days are consumed with anxiety and worry. I can never simply think in the present – my thoughts are always ahead while I plan out the rest of my days.

However, throughout the boot camp, my days were already planned out for me. I did not need to think about meals and schedules, which are evidently two of the most time consuming things in my life. For the first time in such a long while, I was able to focus entirely on my work — and that was the greatest feeling in the world.

I guess that, in a way, this post pertains to accessibility and disability. I felt included in the Dissertation Boot Camp, and I was not constantly disrupted by having to do things as a result of my own disability. I highly recommend participating in a boot camp. I am already looking forwards to the next one. Thank you to Colette and her assistant Efkan for such an amazing week.

Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Events, Productivity, Professional Development
One comment on “A Reading Week Well Spent at Boot Camp
  1. Colette says:

    I am so glad the Dissertation Boot Camp was so helpful Chloee. I have always said it is a special time as students not only get to work on their own studies, but also have a chance to meet each other and form an amazing community. Thanks for sharing

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