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Controlling chaos

Controlling chaos

Learning to love my calendar

February 24, 2020 | Vincent M.

“Hey, you ready for the call in five?” The what? With who? Did I have to prep for this? When did we decide to schedule a call? What are we even talking about? Maybe I’ve just been getting old, but I never had a problem remembering all my commitments before graduate school. Or maybe I […]

Finding UberGirl

Finding UberGirl

An emotional lyft

February 24, 2020 | Stephen F.

I hate Uber. I hate that people love it because it’s convenient. I hate that people think it’s better for the environment than owning a car. I hate that people think it’s a good way for people to earn a living. I hate cars and I hate making excuses to keep them around. I grew […]

If something feels wrong, speak up

If something feels wrong, speak up

How I used my story to advocate for grad students

February 18, 2020 | Alyssa R.

This post is part of a special issue: “Mental Health Matters: Asking for Help & Reaching Out”. My first year of grad school at MIT was no piece of cake. I struggled to understand what was going on in lab, classes felt like they were ganging up on me, and everything came to a head […]

Overcoming anxiety

Overcoming anxiety

How my first year of graduate school pushed me to reach out for help

February 18, 2020 | Jessica D.

This post is part of a special issue: “Mental Health Matters: Asking for Help & Reaching Out”. Hey there! I’m Jessica, a current 3rd year graduate student and PhD candidate, and I have anxiety. I choose to say this in the first sentence because it needs to be out there in the open and talked about. […]

Taking engineering too far

Taking engineering too far

Food, weight, and body image in grad school

February 18, 2020 | Sarah G.

This post is part of a special issue: “Mental Health Matters: Asking for Help & Reaching Out”. I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t trying to lose weight. When I’m sitting in my office and can’t focus on my work because I can’t stop thinking about how much fat I have […]