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Be vulnerable first

I’ve just come off of a two-day writing workshop with mature students who have been out of academia (in some cases) for decades. There was a pivotal moment, about halfway through the second day, where one person in the Zoom space I was facilitating had a moment...

Stay on course

A PhD is a long, draining process. When things are working, it’s the best place in the world to be. When things aren’t, it can be hell. When the tide turns, it’s helpful to remind yourself of three things: You may feel like you’re alone in your...

Don’t be alone

  PhDs are typically solitary endeavors. But you couldn’t do them alone.   Your peers and mentors, in particular, are the keys to your well-being as much as they are there to offer feedback and guidance. But you must tap into the network. You must connect. You...