My name is Stephanie. I used to be a doctoral student, but I dropped out. I realized academia isn’t my passion, so now I am hanging out until I find a big girl job somewhere in the Carolinas. The original purpose of this blog was to document my life in grad school, but now that I’ve quit, it’s to document my foray into life not as a student. I’ve had a number of mental crises over the idea of not being a student anymore; I don’t know how to be anything else. So you’ll be watching me figure “adulthood” out. So far, it’s not very different from being a student, except there’s no student loans. Kind of scary.

I live with my boyfriend approximately 7 hours away from my closest friend. We’ve been together for over five years, and we’re pretty fond of each other, so we’ll probably keep up that trend. We have a cat named Disco and a coonhound named Luna, who you’ll hear plenty about, or at the very least see many pictures of.

My boyfriend and I like to cook together. You could say that’s our “thing.” I’ll probably post a lot of recipes and pictures of what I eat here, because food is pretty much the only thing I spend money on besides rent and bills. And nail polish. Nail polish is my one vice, along with other beauty products. I like to share the stuff I am trying out and want to try, as well as write reviews. I’m also getting into crafting and DIY stuff. I’ll probably post the things I do.

In addition to spending my time reading and procrastinating, I like to bake. Bread, in particular. I’ve learned how to make three different loaves (I should have unlocked an achievement for this). I would like to learn how to manke more, and I will probably document that adventure here. Since quitting school, I’ve decided I’d really like to start reading more; I spent a lot of time reading academic journals and books, so I am ready for a little light reading. I am subscribed to a few ARC websites, but I don’t really take advantage of them. I would like to start reviewing more ARCs and add book reviews as another dimension to this blog, but I make no promises. Also, my favorite genre is Young Adult. Judge me all you want, it’s awesome.

I am a feminist. That is probably the first thing you should know about me. Beyond that, I am a humanist — I believe that all humans have universal, inalienable human rights that supersede any nation’s laws. I don’t entertain conversations with racists, sexists, homophobes, or those portraying any other form of bigotry. If you require justification as to why another human who is different from you deserves the same rights and respect you enjoy, I just don’t have the time of day for you.

One of my biggest struggles is dealing with my depression and anxiety. I am a very ambitious person, but my brain is a jerk and likes to tell me I am not good enough, or other people don’t think I’m good enough, and that I just shouldn’t bother. I probably won’t discuss it too terribly much, because that isn’t what this space is about, but it is part of my life, so it’ll probably be mentioned on this blog to some extent. If you’re having issues with depression or anxiety and just need someone to listen, please feel free to e-mail me at misseducation [dot] org [at] gmail [dot] com.

You might know me from my old website, greydove.org. Well, I guess I technically still have it, but I’m not really doing anything with it right now. This is probably going to be my space until further notice. Greydove will probably come back as some sort of something one day, I don’t know what yet, but for now, it’s just hanging out, biding its time.