In the not-at-all-news for anyone in grad school category, here’s a fresh take: “Graduate School Can Have Terrible Effects on People’s Mental Health.”
Intense work expectations? Check.
Lack of sleep and social life? Sure. But isn’t that the charm?
Little pay? Yup. When I was making $10k a year as a graduate assistant (in 2003), my dad once said: “I know you aren’t making much money. When I was getting my Ph.D., I was only getting paid $9,000 a year!” Reality check, Dad: that was 1971. When strawberries were 29 cents a pound. (Yes, I looked it up).
And when Ph.D. students weren’t saddled with the student loans of today.
Why wouldn’t grad students be plagued with anxiety and depression?