Dis genius and I got the Mellon fellowship (yah I know, power roomies). My Black Revolutionaries and Neo-Soul prof has been pushing to apply for this since first year and I’m really thankful that I have it. It’s basically a fellowship that works to diversify the professoriate. They support you til you get a tenure job, but as an undergrad, this means that you do research in your two years and get that published. They fund your expenses and pay a prof. to be your mentor. And they also give you a lottttt of ca$h monayyyy (muahahahaha).
But more than that, they really train you as a mind of the academy, specifically as person of color/whatever marginalized identity you hold. Which has not only been super helpful but incredibly inspiring. That’s why I had to stay in school so late—I was basically at Mellon bootcamp. This really really smart Mellon alumni came and spoke at the senior Mellon graduation ceremony. He’s friends with Prof. Nasser, the Mellon alum prof at our school, and they met at a Mellon conference. They were both sexy intelligent powerful POC doing amazing things with their lives. And then getting to experience Profs. Shanna and Lakesia be sister scholars together—looooove. I’m kinda sad I decided not to do the UChicago Mellon thing this summer. I think I’ll be at a disadvantage getting started with my research, but I also kinda wanted meet other fellows. OMG, JUSTIN IS AT THE UCHICAGO THING RIGHT NOW. The Justin from high school! He’s a Columbia Mellon. UGH, see?! PEOPLE LIKE HIM.
I’m just excited about it. And I know you take as much from the opportunity as you put into it. I think even if I decide not to go down the prof route, I will have gotten a lot out of it.
Oh, and also I haven’t been doing any research because of Korea/post-Korea so now I have 75+ hours of research to catch up on. OOPS.