The Not-So-Splendid Isolation of Doctoral Study

Posted on June 12th, 2016

In her unflinchingly honest portrayal of doctoral study, Rebecca Schuman relates darkly humorous anecdotes with sage advice to advocate for the prioritization of self care.

Despite the truncated outcome of my academic career, there is little I truly regret about my graduate experience. But at the top of the list is my pitiful attempt at self-care — especially when it came to maintaining personal connections, and therefore my humanity. “

This column is the second in the series, Don’t Look Back in Anger, which discusses the many ways the graduate-school experience is and is not an oasis. Schuman’s writing offers humour, perspective, insight and a startlingly candid exposure of the affect external stress can have on mental well-being. 

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