Part 3 of our Leaving Your Toxic Relationship With the Academy series. Karen and Kel talk about writing a breakup letter with the academy: what would you say? The goal is to move from blame ("you suck!") to how you feel ("I feel really sad about … [Read more...] about Ep. 2.18: Your Breakup Letter With Academia
So many PhDs who didn’t get the job you dreamed of struggle with regret about past decisions, especially the one to do the PhD in the first place, but also choices about programs, or jobs, or sacrifices made along the way. You call them all … [Read more...] about Ep 2.17 Looking Backward/Looking Forward
In this episode we share a 2-part practice from Kel and a saying from Karen's mom, to help you challenge your toxic relationship to the academy and gain clarity about how best to move forward. Kel tells you how to draw a mental map (or a physical … [Read more...] about Episode 2.16: I Hate My Job! Or Do I?
First off, it's our first podcast episode on the new platform and with a new editor, the amazing Stephanie-Blair Watts of Firehouse Visuals in Detroit. Check out Stephanie-Blair's incredible, mind-blowing work in graphic design, photography, … [Read more...] about Episode 2.15 Ready to Stop Digging?
In this episode, the final one we record on the Himalaya platform, we talk about the need for a hard reset in the face of the devastating Fall increase in covid infections and the further collapse of the academic career. A hard reset means on one … [Read more...] about Episode 2.14 – A Hard Reset
Recorded the day after the Vice Presidential Debate, this episode delves into Imposter Syndrome and how way too often, women and especially women of color individualize and personalize what are actually structural obstacles meant to impede their … [Read more...] about Episode 2.13 – Imposter Syndrome When Odds Are Against You
Recorded the day after the Breonna Taylor verdict was announced, this episode talks about productivity. if you can’t get your work done right now, it's ok. If you CAN work, why can you work? Why are white people so “ok” in the face of this … [Read more...] about Episode 2.12 – Who Are You Working For?
With the COVID collapse of academic hiring, catastrophic weather events, and the appalling slide into fascism in the US, more and more of us are forced to confront realities that we never expected, that are painful, and frightening. Drawing from the … [Read more...] about Episode 2.11 – Hitting Rock Bottom
Recorded while in the middle of catastrophic Oregon fires, this episode departs from advice to talk about coping with the present moment. Instead of lamenting "2020," Karen and Kel talk about "leaning in" to the discomfort and trauma of our present … [Read more...] about Episode 2.10 – Rest is Radical
We are delighted to bring the remarkable Allante Whitmore onto the show. The founder of Black and In Grad School (https://www.blkingradschool.com/), Allante, an Engineering PhD student at Carnegie Mellon, and proud HBCU alumna, shares with us her … [Read more...] about Episode 2.9 – Black and In Grad School: Interview with Allante Whitmore