Something to consider for the future.
lol my life right now
and there is so little solidarity for the fact that this is so common.
Honestly, this is a large part of my wavering over going to grad school right now. I have enough problems with depression and stuff as it is. I don’t need a situation that will likely further my depression when I could possibly, you know, not be depressed.
I hear so much about this and I don’t want to gloat in an unseemly fashion but I am basically happier, more fulfilled, and more financially secure since I started my PhD than I have been at any time during my adult life. My program is great, my supervisor and professors have been really supportive, I feel like my work is coming along nicely and — okay, there’s no way to say this without gloating — the government is showering me with money.
So, hey kids, its not all bad. And to all you Americans looking at grad school: consider Canada.
Thanks for sharing! But you can still go to grad school in Canada and sink into one hell of a nasty depression.
Is it something about the environment, or is it that the kind of people who go to grad school who are more likely to struggle with this kind of stuff? I don’t know, and I wouldn’t presume to guess. I like my school, my professors, and my cohort, but I still spent most of the past six months with my mood hovering somewhere below miserable.
It’s not all terrible! I get that that’s the message, and grad school can be great, but people do suffer and the competitive atmosphere means that no one wants to talk about it SO HI HERE I AM TALKING ABOUT IT.
Doesn’t this mean we’re doing something really, really wrong at our academic institutions? Where’s the support?