Swept Under the Rug: Sexism in Computer Science

I think I lulled myself into a sense of security about being a woman in computer science –- I can handle the awkward guys, and the ones who think they know more than I do, simply because they’re guys, and I honestly thought that that was all there was to it. You get used to the comments and brush them off and prove them wrong and call it a day. I’ve even been trying to propagate that attitude in the women in my local WICS chapter, convinced that half of the problem is that women make too big of a deal about being a minority....more
Hey, Hang in there. I am a women in a physics department at a university. I completely ...more

Crosspost: Letting Go

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Why Shit Never Gets Done

Look, being a grown up is really hard, okay? Especially when you fake the most important bits. I don't understand my tax forms, I can't / don't balance a check book, I let my documents expire, and I lose everything. I can't keep receipts or confirmation numbers. I don't find a new doctor when I move places, I don't explore my health insurance options or know anything about them.Why?It's all a huge pain in the ass....more

College Planning for Grads with Autism Spectrum Disorders

As a current college student with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I know the going isn't easy. Over the last three years, I have come up with solutions and advice that have helped me manage issues like living alone, time management, social interaction, and securing disability accommodations, as well as creating guidelines for future snags and anticipated events. In this series, starting with the college-planning process, I hope to shed a little more light on what it's like to navigate college and provide some critical planning tools for families and students with ASD. ...more
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Applying to Irish Universities

When I pictured my son Logan going off to college next year, I comforted myself that he would come home on weekends and summers to do laundry, borrow money, and raid the fridge. Moving to Ireland complicates this vision. Logan is as excited and eager as I am to move to Ireland but there's a hitch: Only minor children under the age of 18 are eligible to move under their parent's visa or Irish Green Card....more

Viral Meme: We’re a Culture, Not a Costume

Racist Halloween costumes are nothing new, and neither are the pleas to stop them. But never underestimate the power of the Internet. This week a series of posters with the tagline “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” has gone viral. The images, featuring a Middle Eastern man, an Asian woman, a Black woman, and a Latino man each holding a photo of a derogatory ethnic costume, were created by a group of ten college students at Ohio University....more
I don't get upset when people want to be Jewish for a day.  I have seen people wearing yarmulkes ...more

Why I Teach at a Public University

 http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/snow-white-doesnt-live-here-anymore/... Your Shameless Friend,Ginawww.ginabarreca.comTwitter @TheGinaBarreca...more

Counting Fruit Loops

I have O.C.D; I’m a ‘counter’. It’s not a major case, and it doesn’t affect how I live my life, but I’ve had it since I was a little kid. Basically, when I eat things with a high number of pieces (cereal, vegetables, fries, candy, etc.), I make sure I have 4 bunches of 4 at the end, and then will eat those 1 bunch at a time. Then, when I get to the last sacred group of 4 (usually the best, or longest) I eat those 4-3-2-1. Perfection! In some cases colour is also an important variable during my sorting, especially M&M’s and Fruit Loops....more

The Practical Mom's Guide to Outfitting Your Student for College: Dorm Life

Have you gone to your student’s college orientation yet? What’s the number one thing on your mind? If you’re like us, it’s not about the variety of programs the university offers, how fancy the rec center is or how to pay bills -- a subject close to college administrators hearts. No, the real questions most moms have are mom questions. ...more

Last Fall I moved my son and daughter (twins)into the dorm. It was a night and day experience. ...more

Most ACT test takers not really college ready

Only 23% of 2009 ACT test-takers were ready to earn a C or higher in the four core subjects of English, reading, math and science, according to a recent study by the American College Testing Service (ACT).  By looking at the ACT scores of presently enrolled college students who are earning As, or Bs, or Cs, ACT determines a minimum ACT “college readiness” score.  Students who achieve the college readiness score have a 50% chance of earning a B or better grade and a 75% chance of earning a C or better grade....more