When you think about academia like a garden, the analogy clarifies a lot of things. First off, not every plant can thrive in every spot; also, plants need constant resources in terms of water, fertilizer, sun, and attention. We don’t judge one growing zone over another- they aren’t better or worse, they are just different. Zones also change over time. Eugene started out a 6 and is now an 8 (climate change). And a functional garden really needs a community–it’s pretty close to impossible to dig your own well. It’s also clarifying to imagine what kind of biome you imagine academia to be. When asked, Karen said: desert. And not because she hates academia but because it’s pretty arid. What do you need to do to make the garden of your academic or post-academic life grow and thrive?
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