On Recognizing Burnout And Ways to Combat it

The type of burnout I write about is mainly for those experiencing burnout in school, whether you’re an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral level student. Of course there are other types of burnout as well, like with work, or organizing, romantic relationships, etc., and the list goes on. But I talk about school burnout specifically because it’s what I’m currently going through and I am in need of reflecting badly on this condition.

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Dissertations, Employment, and Other Terrifying Things

I am thinking about the future, which is not something I’m good at.

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Lunchtime Poll: Zen Mode

Part of the core requirements in my graduate program is to take an advanced mediation class which focuses primarily on, mindfulness. I kid you not, it’s like the perfect program for hippies-turned-academics or academic hippies, like myself.

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A Few Tips for Undergrads (and Teaching Assistants) from a (Former) Graduate Assistant

It’s that time of year when students and professor return to college classrooms to, gods willing, learn something to take out into the world. Last semester became an extended learning moment for me when I agreed to become a graduate assistant for one of my professors. Like many graduate assistants, my duties included creating and grading assignments for one of her undergraduate courses. After a few months and many frustrations, I can tell you that there are a few things undergrads (and teaching/graduate assistants) could keep in mind to make this process easier on all of us. Things like… Read More A Few Tips for Undergrads (and Teaching Assistants) from a (Former) Graduate Assistant

Broke And Overeducated

The other day, I noticed that I had an email waiting for me in my inbox titled, “Loan Management Made Easy” from Fedloan Servicing. Throughout my time in school, I have been successful in avoiding any messages, email or snail mail, that have to do with my student loans. Until this dreaded day. Read More Broke And Overeducated

Confessions of a (Potential) Business School Candidate

I am thinking of going to business school. And I have been surprised by the reactions I have received each time I have shared this aspiration. In other words, I have gotten one reaction: surprise.

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Women in Academia: Getting Geared Up for Grad School

So guess what! If you decided to start on the bizarre journey that is graduate school, you’re about to face the full reality of that decision. Are you ready? Have you girded your loins and put on your thinking helmet? Here are some tips to help get you prepared for the incredibly slowly unfolding adventure of a lifetime. Read More Women in Academia: Getting Geared Up for Grad School

Is Graduate School a Job?

For some reason, I am mildly enamored with life advice/self-help essays and seminars. Maybe it is because these essays distill years of experience into highly concentrated, sometimes over-simplified advice. Maybe it’s because I like seeing how others interpret their paths to success, what they identified as holding them back, and what they think can lead everyone into a brighter tomorrow. Who knows. In any event, I recently got to see and read about two very different attitudes towards graduate school and whether it should be treated like a job, and I have no idea which one is right. Read More Is Graduate School a Job?