Samuel Johnson and being matriculated

by Anna Blanch on September 28, 2009

In November 1752 Samuel Johnson wrote these words, which on my first official “matriculated” (as they say here in Scotland) day as a PhD candidate I find particularly apt. May they bless you also! Almighty God, in whose hands are all the powers of man; who givest understanding, and takest it away; who as it […]


A Prayer for the beginning of a new season

by Anna Blanch on August 19, 2009

Today marks the realisation of a project I have been working on for months and will be my final duty before I leave Texas this weekend for some time in Australia before I move to Scotland. This is in honor of those for whom today marks the beginning of their Graduate Studies. O LORD,Length of […]


The first week of each new semester is always particularly hectic. So it has been for me this week. I was reminded not once but twice yesterday of the student’s prayer by Thomas Aquinas. Whether we vaguely remember finishing some form of formal education in the last couple of decades or are immersed in an […]