I've said it once (many times, actually) and I'll say it again: academia can be a really shitty place when it comes to your mental health. Yes, your academic adventures can result in a variety of extremely rewarding experiences--there's no doubt about that--but when your forced to survive this high-stress environment that expects you to juggle heavy workloads, long hours and high expectations on top of the rest of your adult life... Let's just say that even the most dedicated students can start succumbing to the pressure.
I was warned, even before I started grad school, that there will be at least one point during my five-year PhD where I would get stuck. It might be because a key experiment won’t work for weeks on end or the data I manage to get simply isn’t adding up—whatever it was it would be a… Continue reading Feeling Stuck in Grad School
I feel stuck and I don't know why. Everything is telling me that I should be having the time of my life. I'm going to my dream grad school. I'm working in a discipline that I love. I've successfully survived my first year. And terms such as "intelligent", "smart" and "successful" have been used to describe me--to describe my life. I mean, I suppose if I were to look at my CV I could maybe shrug in agreement... But I don't feel it.
Science is boring. This is probably a phrase you heard at least once in your life. Most likely, it came from the mouths of those who didn’t particularly enjoy science or didn’t do well in science-related classes. It was a comment that us scientists (or soon-to-be scientists) were always quick to defend. Maybe a little too… Continue reading Science isn’t Glamorous: A reason to unveil our struggles with science
There wasn’t any doubt I would go to college one day. Learning was my past time. My passion. The sheer idea that I would someday be able to attend an institution dedicated to acquiring knowledge was like a dream come true. I couldn't wait! But, honestly, if I was being completely truthful that wasn’t the full… Continue reading The First Generation Struggle
I feel like every other blog post I write starts off with the same theme: grad school is such a weird time in a person’s life. After all, you’re simultaneously trying to make it as an adult (pay bills, start families, etc.), yet are still forced to live the student life of crappy wages, weird… Continue reading When Grad Students Aren’t Considered Employees
Disclaimer: Though this article mainly talks about grad school experiences, this topic is applicable to many different types of people and the advice is applicable to anyone who feels the expectation to be constantly working. Grad school is an interesting beast. You're neither a student, nor an Adult(TM) and as such, you really get none of… Continue reading Grad Student Guilt: Taking Breaks
Disclaimer: This post is just a single anecdote of my experiences with feelings of anxiety and my personal way of coping with it. I am my no means an expert and highly recommend that if you think you may be dealing with feelings of anxiety or have an anxiety disorder, that you seek help from… Continue reading Anxiety in (Grad) School
At the time I'm writing this, I should be studying for my final exam that's occurring two days from now. I should also be trying to wrap up my first mini research project so that I can present to my professor this week to see if I found anything remotely interesting. Even more, I should… Continue reading Don’t ask; Don’t tell: Grad School Edition