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.
The other day when I was on my Friedrich Nietzsche kick and did the Google search for “where does the ‘God is dead’ quote by Nietzsche come from,” I had emailed a fellow member of the academic community and asked for some of his recommendations of readings by Nietzsche. I am referring to my post on September 30, 2019, titled “Friedrich Nietzsche and his ‘God is dead’ Quote.”
My academic advisor replied that a few of his suggested reads by Nietzsche are On the Genealogy of Morals and Thus Spake Zarathustra(the link opens in a new tab). I figured Nietzsche would be a great academic add to my collection of books, so I ordered On the Genealogy of Morals through Amazon. It has since arrived. It turned out to be a stroke of luck that the paperback edition I ordered actually contained two works: On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo(the link opens in a new tab), which you can find through Amazon.
For all of us using Modern Language Association (MLA) formatting, this Purdue OWL (owl.purdue.edu – the link opens in a new tab), brought to us by The Purdue Writing Lab and the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University was a priceless resource during studies for my B.I.S. degree. That, along with the paperback MLA Handbook, the eighth edition(the link opens in a new tab).
Philosophize This’s episode ninety, “Nietzsche pt. 1 – God is dead and so is Captain Morgan” (the link opens in a new tab), is the first in the rest of the Nietzsche section (a four-part episode section of episodes 90, 91, 92, and 93) has really struck a great chord with me while listening to the show. I did a quick Google search for “where does the ‘God is dead’ quote by Nietzsche come from” and found the textbook Nietzsche wrote the quote in. In this time between undergraduate and master’s, I am adding this book that the quote comes from to my to-read list: The Gay Science(the link opens in a new tab).
Who doesn’t have a podcast they are listening to about now? Well true, yes, some of you may not listen to them and instead prefer audiobooks or music? I discovered podcasts through Spotify and see there seems to be an abundance of them produced on countless topics and subjects by many authors. I found my next podcast series that’s up in the queue for listening. It’s been recommended by a mentor I studied under during my undergraduate studies’ later years and is named “Mere Rhetoric” (the link opens in a new tab). I was taking a browse through their archives pages on “Mere Rhetoric” to see how to organize my offline folder before downloading the episodes to listen to if I happen to be offline.
If everything goes along with a Higher Power and how I am trying to plan, take action, and make work, a shift toward this field of rhetoric and composition is where I will be going while applying to graduate programs. Either rhetoric or a generalist background, study, and instruction of English.
I have decided to postpone my efforts at graduate school until after earning a second bachelor’s degree. I will be starting a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Writing and Rhetoric Concentration (ENWR), my second undergraduate degree, this January 2020. I have consulted a few academic contacts on this decision and have come to a decision with that gathered information that this is the best insurance to have as an educational background when applying to a Master of Arts in English program. I will be studying at my undergraduate Alma Mater, Nicholls State University, through the online division again, which I highly recommend as a distance learning pathway to earning a post-secondary degree. There is even talk I hear of that a Master of Arts in English program will be available in Nicholls graduate programs to come fall 2020. That would be phenomenal! I would love to be approved as a student for that online program. I have a few other schools in mind, also: Northwestern State University and the University of New Orleans. They are two schools also in the University of Louisiana (UL) system just like Nicholls State is in the UL system. All are stepping stones on my career path outlook of becoming a post-secondary English language instructor.
The notion that I would like to focus my efforts going forward on in giving back through teaching came to me during my last few years earning my B.I.S. degree at Nicholls Online(the link opens in a new tab) through the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Nicholls State Universityin Thibodaux, Louisiana (the link opens in a new tab).