Dear Secret SESS scholar, please help.
An older-male-herr-professor recently told me that a critique I wrote in response to his article was ’emotional’ (he cringed at the word).
It (my critique) was emotional.
It was an emotional response to a framework published in a powerful journal that I am afraid will shut-down important future research trajectories.
Why academia needs emotional, passionate women:
By the way, my co-author on that response was an established-male-academic. I wonder if he would have been accused of being emotional as well.
LJH (initials create so much gender mystique, non?)
Awesome and personal blog by Radhika Nagpal. Her reflections about being a young academic and the pressure that we/is put on us . She says this about having a tenure track:
- I decided that this is a 7-year postdoc.
- I stopped taking advice.
- I created a “feelgood” email folder.
- I work fixed hours and in fixed amounts.
- I try to be the best “whole” person I can.
- I found real friends.
- I have fun “now”.
Happy reading and relieving the pressure you might sense…
Some of us found this article very helpful: http://qz.com/547641/theres-an-awful-cost-to-getting-a-phd-that-no-one-talks-about/
The purpose of posting this isn’t doom and gloom, but rather:
I might not have felt so alone had I known how many people struggle with mental health issues in academia. A 2015 study at the University of California Berkeley found that 47% of graduate students suffer from depression, following a previous 2005 study that showed 10% had contemplated suicide. A 2003 Australian study found that that the rate of mental illness in academic staff was three to four times higher than in the general population, according to a New Scientist article. The same article notes that the percentage of academics with mental illness in the United Kingdom has been estimated at 53%.
And we like how the author concluded:
These days, I seldom use my physics knowledge. But I still rely on the inner strength that I developed during my time in graduate school, which gave me the courage to mold my own life.