4 episodes

Pulling back the curtain on grad student life.

Grad School Confidential Suman Varghese, Robert B. Desjardins

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Pulling back the curtain on grad student life.

    That Sinking Feeling: On Dealing with Criticism

    That Sinking Feeling: On Dealing with Criticism

    Feeling discouraged — and a bit stunned — by some tough academic criticism? You're not alone. In this episode, we explore those painful moments in the face of criticism, why it hurts so much and how to respond. Two PhD graduates share their stories, and we hear from author Kevin D. Haggerty.

    • 22 min
    Hitting the Wall: On Burnout in Grad School

    Hitting the Wall: On Burnout in Grad School

    Feeling spent and exhausted? You're not alone. In this episode, three grad students tell stories about burnout at various points in their programs. They also share strategies for coping with the physical and emotional toll those experiences take.

    • 17 min
    Scholars in a Dangerous Time: Loneliness, Isolation and COVID-19

    Scholars in a Dangerous Time: Loneliness, Isolation and COVID-19

    Finding this pandemic year hard to navigate? You’re not alone. In this episode we chat with two grad students who have struggled to deal with the loneliness and isolation brought on by COVID-19. They have plenty of wisdom to share.

    • 19 min
    "Who Am I to Talk About Impostor Syndrome?"

    "Who Am I to Talk About Impostor Syndrome?"

    Impostor syndrome is one of the most common, and least talked-about, struggles in graduate student life. In our inaugural episode, we ask why grad students are so vulnerable to these feelings and share some strategies for addressing them.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Hil from 1204 ,

So nice to hear similar stories to my experience

Would love to see an episode about the issue of grad students getting taken advantage of. Whether it’s doing research for free or trying and failing to succeed against unrealistic expectations set by colleagues or advisors. It’s an unwritten rule that you should be working 16 hour days and on the weekend. Why do those that came before us feel the need to put us through the ringer as well?

ErfanT ,

Any new episodes?

Awesome podcast! So insightful
Any plans for new episodes?

P. Dahlseide ,

So Encouraging!

Thank you for this podcast! The content is so relevant and the hosts relay a deep sense of empathy and positive encouragement. Much appreciated in this virtual, Covid campus reality!

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