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Welcome to the English Channel!

As president of the Penn State English graduate organization--or EGO, for short--I'd like to welcome you to our graduate student blog. Here, you will read about the lives and experiences of Penn State graduate students--from coursework to talks and conferences to dissertating and everything in between.

A bit about EGO, in case you're wondering. EGO is designed to bring graduate students together, both socially and professionally. Thus, we host activities like happy hours, book sales, and outings to minor league baseball games. (The State College Spikes play on campus during the summer season, and their games make for great evening activities after long days of teaching and writing. Plus, they're cheap, have great mascots, and sometimes let you bring your dog to the ballpark--basically, a graduate student's dream). We also sponsor a summer softball team, the EGOManiax--last year's runner up in the intramural coed division. On the professional end, EGO hosts graduate student run workshops on topics like writing seminar papers, taking comprehensive exams, having a life as an academic, and anything else that graduate students want to discuss and learn more about. Elections are held every year, so it's easy for graduate students to get involved in our leadership.

A lot goes on here at Penn State, and we hope that this blog gives you a glimpse of what it's like to be a graduate student here. Enjoy navigating The English Channel!