My name is Brielle and I’m a first year Philosophy PhD student. I kind of have an obsession with documenting things on social media, hence, this blog.
I kept a blog throughout undergrad and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. (Okay, that’s definitely an exaggeration, but it was still a really, really good decision.) It’s surreal to read things I wrote years ago back before I knew that this was what I was going to be doing. My academic journey from pre-law political science major to philosophy degree-holder and future PhD student is all there, complete with all the non-academic-yet-still-somehow-tangentially-related-to-the-general-topic-of-college-life bits and pieces.
And that’s the general sort of thing I’m going for with this blog, except perhaps a bit more professional and geared towards an audience of people like me (i.e., grad students and philosophers) – though I intend for the content of this blog to be accessible to all.
So, a bit about me:
I was born and raised in California. I lived with my parents in the Bay Area until I was 17, at which point I moved to SoCal for college. Like I said before, I came in as a political science major with plans to go to law school. At that point I had no idea what philosophy was, but after taking one introductory-level class I immediately fell in love and switched my major. I really excelled as a philosophy student: I got top marks in all of my classes and was recognized by my department as the Outstanding Philosophy Graduate. I even graduated summa cum laude. I credit a lot of this success to the simple fact that I loved what I studied.
Towards the end of my undergraduate career I decided to just make the jump and follow what was so clearly my passion; I abandoned my plans for law school in pursuit of a PhD in Philosophy. I also decided it would best for me to take a year off of school – both to experience life outside of academia (given that my new goal was to spend my life in it) and to prepare for grad school applications. My gap year was an incredibly taxing and stressful time – primarily, I believe, because I felt so out of place not being a student. After what seemed like a year of stumbling around and struggling to make decisions about the next chapter of my life, I accepted an offer from a school on the east coast. I moved across the country at the end of this summer.
I’ve been in grad school for about a month and a half now. The first few weeks were indescribably difficult, both because I had been out of school for more than a year and because I was ridiculously homesick in a brand new environment with no friends. But now I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of things and I’m so excited to start sharing my thoughts and experiences.
Welcome to PhilosoBri! 🙂 (Yes I came up with that name all by myself and I’m very proud of it!!!)