MUsings Introduction

The publication of MUsings : The Graduate Journal showcases the academic work of graduate students at Millersville University. The journal invites students to present highlights of their work in a venue that bolsters career-building experiences and celebrates their scholarly efforts.  Graduate students from the English department serve on the Editorial Staff.  Many issues feature research articles, short stories, and literary essays. The Spring 2022 issue of MUsings: The Graduate Journal contains research articles, creative pieces, and literary essays. With this publication, MUsings seeks to encourage student creativity, commend innovative research, and generate student engagement in the academic and professional communities.

Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to Millersville University’s Spring 2022 edition of MUsings: The Graduate Journal. We are emerging from our second year of the global pandemic, witnessing widespread, rapid, and deep changes in our university and society. Students have made remarkable transformations during this stressful time, shifting modalities of learning, deeply considering the structure and meaning of their lives, balancing a growing weight of responsibility as they walk the tightrope of graduate studies. Read more.

Cover Artist for MUsings 2022: “Intangible Loss” by Elizabeth Stepenaski.  Beth is a graduate student in the Master of Art Education program and is an instructor at Dauphin County Technical School.  Beth created this heartfelt illustration in response to her life as a graduate student and mother during COVID in 2020.  This striking image represents what many of our graduate students have experienced over the last two years.