We did a survey recently and the message loud and clear was: please give us more advice about just… surviving in academia! So today we are talking about managing your transition into your new academic “thing,” whatever it is. We talk about managing your fear and keeping connected to your own values and motivations. Academia will suck your soul and NEVER be satisfied, no matter how much time, energy, and dedication you sacrifice to it. Only you can set those limits, and you can do it by listening closely to your own inner voice, and creating community that grounds you in reality outside academia compulsions and pressures. Counterintuitively, sometimes doing the “nonproductive” thing is the key to productivity. Whether you’re just starting your PhD, starting a TT job, or even starting life after tenure, you CAN dictate the terms by which you engage with academia, and do it in ways that are healthy and grounded for you. In the end, that is the only sustainable option, and also the one that will create healthy and productive relationships with your colleagues and students (who are watching closely!)
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