Maybe you quit grad school, or you’re thinking about it. Maybe you found us by googling some variation of “I want to quit grad school but I am afraid/I have no job/how do I tell my wife/I want my spouse to quit.”
Join the club.
Special Note: Lauren is collaborating with other post-ac bloggers to create a catch-all resource for grad school quittas and other academics saying sayonara. Check it out!
Mama Nervosa was started by Jen and Lauren, grad school quittas extraordinaire, and while we knew that we had struggled to come to terms with our own decisions to leave, we had NO IDEA how many other lost souls were out there, grappling with post-academic uncertainty.
Read the “Grad School Quittas” Category for all of our posts about graduate school and the quitting thereof.
Read “The Alt-Ac Life” Category for Lauren’s writing about her post-academic, alternative academic career as an adviser and observations about transitioning from grad school to work.
Jen teaches as an adjunct, so her writing about work life is also relevant.
GSQ GREATEST HITS:
- Here’s Lauren’s quitting story, sorta
- Jen left grad school ABD; she writes about how she came to that decision, and her surprise in realizing that really, no one cares, in This Blog Has Been Created Entirely By Grad School Quittas.
- On the off chance that you still have time to SAY NO TO THE PhD, Lauren offers advice on what to do instead in 4 Roads Not Traveled.
- In Google Diaries: We Know You Quit Grad School, Jen writes about what she’s done in the 8 years since she left a PhD program, and how she figured out what to say about herself and her experiences in non-academic job interviews.
- In “Let’s Talk About Debt” (Part 1), Lauren takes on the issue of student loan debt in a three part series. “Fallout: The Pychological Debt of Grad School” talks about the mental toll of school, and quitting school.