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One year ago, I became a Ph.D. and I’ve actively sought to reclaim elements of my life (and sanity) ever since. I completed both a Masters and a Doctorate within the last six years and can tell you first hand: I am not the same person I was when I initially journeyed down this road. Regardless of the graduate program you enroll in, there are facets of your identity destined to change- whether they entail your long-term goals, friendship circle, or even your political views, research shows that shifts are bound to occur…for better or for worse.

First, let me…

10 Things I’ve Learned

I began working at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in the Summer of 2018, and all I can say now is WOW. It has been been nearly two years since I stepped onto the grounds of my Alma Mater’s rival (#BoolaBoola), and embarked down this road in the middle of collecting data and writing my dissertation. What I did not anticipate down the road were the personal and inductive revelations I’d encounter along the way. …

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This week, millions of emails will be addressed and sent without properly spelling the receiver’s name. And I totally get it- we live in a fast-paced society that honors a quick reply over our ability to pay attention to detail. Yet, what we tend to overlook in this narrative is the importance of simply spelling a person’s name correctly.

Let me first say, there is no such thing as a “normal” name. There may be commonalities among names in certain languages and dialects, but ALL languages are constructed, and we have free rein to call ourselves whatever we choose.

If you think a name is “crazy” or “unusual”, I encourage you to unpack your beliefs in this area. Particularly here in the United States, one type of person (and one type of name) does not truly exist.


Chelsea A Doub, Ph.D.

Lover of all things education&public health // Fellow @ Harvard // NC State Alumna // Penn State Alumna // Yale Alumna // 717 Native

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