Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Let’s NOT Talk About Thesis

Baby otters in space, because why not? AKA procrastination space station

Baby otters in space, because why not? AKA procrastination space station

I know you are all probably sick of all my thesis posts, and I kind of am too. So let’s make a deal. I’ll not mention that dreaded T-word again in this one. Cool?

Let’s NOT Talk About Thesis

I know you are all probably sick of all my thesis posts, and I kind of am too. So let’s make a deal. I’ll not mention that dreaded T-word again …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Final Round

(Not so) Little Helper

(Not so) Little Helper

By the time this is posted, the spring semester of 2016 will be underway, the final semester of my MFA. How am I feeling? Excited, terrified, exhausted, ready, not ready, and a lot of things in between.

But, no matter how much I think about walking across that stage in May, there is still work to be done: my thesis.

Final Round

By the time this is posted, the spring semester of 2016 will be underway, the final semester of my MFA. How am I feeling? Excited, terrified, exhausted, ready, not ready, …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

“Your confusion is more interesting than your perceived wisdom.”

Loitering on the Train

Loitering on the Train

Loitering, Charles D’Ambrosio’s 2014 essay collection that includes pieces from the cult favorite Orphans as well as new works, is a book that came to me at the right time in my writing life. It was a time when I was going into new territory in my work and trying approaches that were out of my ordinary. I read Orphans my first year in the program and was immediately hooked on D’Ambrosio’s prose. It resonates even more strongly with me now after reading and re-reading Loitering as I have been this past week.

“Your confusion is more interesting than your perceived wisdom.”

Loitering, Charles D’Ambrosio’s 2014 essay collection that includes pieces from the cult favorite Orphans as well as new works, is a book that came to me at the right time …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Writer’s Year in Review—Behind the Scenes

 Year in review


Year in review

Being the internet-obsessed media consumer I am, when I started seeing people posting their “year in review” on Facebook, I did it too. For me, 2015 has been a huge year with a lot going on—new jobs, travel, getting married, finishing my coursework for my MFA, and discovering new skills and options for my life post-grad.

Writer’s Year in Review—Behind the Scenes

Being the internet-obsessed media consumer I am, when I started seeing people posting their “year in review” on Facebook, I did it too. For me, 2015 has been a huge …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

UNDER PRESSURE

 

Best of Bowie

Best of Bowie

AKA The True Lives of Thesis Warriors

Okay, so I’m not really going to write an entire post on the legendary Queen/David Bowie collab—though listening to this fine tune certainly helps—today I’m going to tell you about how I face the pressures of my last year in my MFA, mainly when it comes to getting “butt-in-chair” time, whether I have David Bowie and Freddie Mercury by my side or not.

UNDER PRESSURE

  AKA The True Lives of Thesis Warriors Okay, so I’m not really going to write an entire post on the legendary Queen/David Bowie collab—though listening to this fine tune …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

A little thing called “Thesis”

Delicious Fall

Delicious Fall

Everything about this fall feels different than the past two I’ve experienced in Chicago. I’m no longer trying to figure out how to balance coursework and daily life or spending over twelve hours a week in class. I’m rushing from internship to job and home again, looking for any time in between to work on my thesis. And while I’m doing all that rushing, instead of being bundled up against the cold, I’m enjoying the 70-degree weather while it lasts.

A little thing called “Thesis”

Everything about this fall feels different than the past two I’ve experienced in Chicago. I’m no longer trying to figure out how to balance coursework and daily life or spending …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Rising to the Top

Riding up the world's longest escalator

Riding Up the World’s Longest Escalator

Like most creative fields, writing can get competitive. Inside the writing community people may congratulate a success to one’s face and then curse them behind their back. People build someone up and tear others down. It’s my least favorite thing about creative communities, but usually an inevitable element of them.

So why am I talking about this?

Rising to the Top

Like most creative fields, writing can get competitive. Inside the writing community people may congratulate a success to one’s face and then curse them behind their back. People build someone …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Intern Life

Commuter Life

Commuter Life

As I mentioned in a prior post, I’ve begun a new endeavor: working as an intern with 826CHI. After spending two years working in academia, I’ve ventured beyond the walls of Columbia and into the realm of Chicago’s nonprofit sector.

Intern Life

As I mentioned in a prior post, I’ve begun a new endeavor: working as an intern with 826CHI. After spending two years working in academia, I’ve ventured beyond the walls …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Round Three

Lake Meets Sky

Lake Meets Sky

It’s finally here, the beginning of the end of my MFA journey!

I’ve officially begun my third and final year in CCC’s nonfiction MFA program. I’m diving into three brand new experiences: officially beginning my thesis hours, starting a new job, and beginning a new internship. What does a third year in this program look like?

Round Three

It’s finally here, the beginning of the end of my MFA journey! I’ve officially begun my third and final year in CCC’s nonfiction MFA program. I’m diving into three brand new …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Moving Tips for City Dwellers

My Moving Helpers

My Moving Helpers

Two years ago I left my home in Orlando, Florida and began my journey to Chicago. Now, we’re getting settled into our third Chicago apartment and I’m getting ready for my third and final year in the MFA program.

Moving Tips for City Dwellers

Two years ago I left my home in Orlando, Florida and began my journey to Chicago. Now, we’re getting settled into our third Chicago apartment and I’m getting ready for …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605