Lexico appears to be a new website that is now what used to be the English Oxford Dictionaries (OED) online.
The previous URL that I used to access the English OED online when I needed a definition or thesaurus was en.oxforddictionaries.com(the link opens in a new tab). As of roughly winter 2019, that en.oxforddictionaries.com site redirects to Lexico (lexico.com) yet it appears that the English OED online located there has just changed names to Lexico. The reason I say this is because on the left, next to the search bar for the site lexico.com (the link opens in a new tab), it states, “Lexico, powered by Oxford.”
Aside from the new name, I only in roughly the past few months realized that the site offers more to its visitors than simply a dictionary and a thesaurus. The Lexico site offers articles and these can be found on the top menu bar of their homepage. What I’d like to reblog about here is their section on “Grammar” articles. You can find them located at lexico.com/grammar(the link opens in a new tab). One category in the grammar section that caught my eye was the “Writing Tips” (the link opens in a new tab) section, which includes categories of its own such as “How to Build a Piece of Writing” (the link opens in a new tab), “Tips for Job Applications” (the link opens in a new tab), “Tips for Writing Essays” (the link opens in a new tab) which should presumably help students, “Types of Business Writing” (the link opens in a new tab), and more.
Despite “The 3 Most Important Questions Every Prospective Grad Student Must Face,” an article published on October 16, 2019, being geared towards a scholarly, academic discipline other than English, it was worth the time it took to read and reblog about. I know I would like to go to graduate school, something that neither of my parents did, and it sometimes seems somewhat daunting without a sort of direction to guide me for how to select a school besides figuring out what I want to specialize in, even this early on while I am about to start my second bachelor’s degree. I will be at grad school down the line and should try to give myself every advantage for its preparation and completion that I can.
After reading this, I see how it totally makes sense to not only research the coursework and specializations for graduate and Ph.D. school, but, like this article mentions, a key point to focus on is how I and potential advisors and faculty interact with each other to determine if we are good fits (he mentions if it feels right in your gut). To regroup myself, keep my life and work/school spheres centered and balanced, and get some downtime to recharge, relax, and keep my mental health going strong, the article also points to how one should assess external factors like the climate and environment around your graduate program, and even talk with current new and senior students to get a feel for how things are on campus from the student’s perspective.
For LGBTQ+ that are seeking special housing arrangments and accommodations, it is likely wise to inquire about those particulars during a campus visit or in a conversation with a housing coordinator.