This is a hard time of year for those of us waiting to hear back from PhD applications, and rejections can be disheartening (to say the least). I find it really helpful to listen to music that builds me up instead of encourages me to spiral into a pit of self-doubt. Here is my list, and please feel free to comment your own suggestions as I always need more music!
Am I burned out? If so, what do I do about it?
Not to mention, if I’m burned out now, while working a job that has regular hours and generous time off, how am I going to feel if and when I enter a PhD program?
See the post am i burned out? here.
The end of the semester is an incredibly busy, stressful time for students, researchers, and educators. If you’re a graduate student, you’re likely at least two of those things. This means that work is piling on, stress is compounding, and negative thoughts are running amok.
While reshaping these thoughts aren’t going to change the amount of work have to do, they can improve your attitude, up your productivity, and make this time of year suck just a little bit less.
Grad school is really tough and sharing the tough times can be really helpful. Hopefully our solidarity helps us through it.
I take a deep breath. “Assume good intent,” I think to myself, furiously. I try to think of all the possible, good, helpful reasons my boss said That Thing, that thing that made me feel like the biggest imposter on the face of the planet. Negative thoughts abound, but–let’s not get into those.