Welcome to A Cuppa Wug!

Hi, I’m Dakota!

I am a recent Ph.D. graduate from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain and a full-time Learning & Development Specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America.

There are many things I enjoy in life–traveling, coffee, and language.

I want to share these things with you here.

Photo: Hamburg, Germany (June 2019)


Why a blog? Why now?

Yes, I wasn’t mistaken what I said earlier. I pursued both my Ph.D. and full-time career simultaneously.

Up until recently, I had been teaching full-time for five years and pursuing my Ph.D. for four of those years. As you can imagine, when I wasn’t working on my teaching duties, then I was working on my Ph.D. Now that I have finished my Ph.D., I’ve started to wonder what “Dakota’s Post-Ph.D.-Life” looks like, and, honestly, it frightens me.

I hope this will become more than a blog, but a living document. A place where I can share my travels and stories; share my lived experiences and lessons learned. I’ll even share all of the delicious cups of coffee I have the pleasure of enjoying.I wanted a new creative outlet, so I decided to start a blog.


Join me for a cuppa?

I chose the tittle A Cuppa Wug for the three reasons I started the blog—travel, coffee, and language.

Travel. The title speaks to my passion for travel. A cuppa is not a phrase that you would speak in the United States. Instead, it would be heard either in Australia–my first trip abroad–or the United Kingdom–a frequent visit of mine.

Coffee. This title also speaks to my passion for coffee. The term cuppa in Australian English, refers to “a cup of tea” or “a cup of coffee”.

Photo: My “Wug Mug” (Spring 2019)

Language. It’s a linguistic reduction—one of my favorite language function. Cuppa is a reduction of the words “cup” and “of”. In addition, the wug is one of my favorite linguistic peculiarities. It’s from a famous experimental test in linguistics by Jean Berko Gleason.


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