The Impenetrable Nature of a Thick Skin

Multiple times during my scientific and professional development, I've been told about the necessity of a "thick skin". The intent of which is to not let negative feedback or constructive criticism upset you. The expectation is that you will not let things effect you emotionally, but you will fix the problems outlined or follow the... Continue Reading →

The Cost of Calm

"Whoever said money can't solve your problems, Must not have had enough money to solve 'em" -Ariana Grande, "7 Rings" With mental health struggles so prevalent for graduate students, graduate programs and support networks are putting extra emphasis on mental health awareness. My graduate program offers workshops and counseling to its students, providing training and... Continue Reading →

Self-Awareness in Depression

I have chronic anxiety and periodic depression. My anxiety is rooted in my schoolwork, research, and other aspects of my professional life. My depression is brought on by pain in my person life. Over the past few weeks, I have been struggling through a breakup from someone I really cared about. The reasons for the... Continue Reading →

Beaten Down

While it's been an unspoken truth for decades, much recent attention has been paid to shedding light on the significant numbers of graduate students, specifically PhD students, who suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. However, news of our high rates of mental health problems comes as no shock to any PhD student.... Continue Reading →

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