How NOT to be an academic asshole during Covid.

The Thesis Whisperer

I’m popping a content warning at the top of this one: I’m going to talk about mental health and quitting the PhD. If that’s not good for you to read right now, feel free click away.

As lockdown closed on Australia in March, I posed a question: should you quit (go part time or pause) your PhD during Covid?  I got a number of letters in response. This one is fairly representative:

I’m 4/6 years into my PhD and it seems so pointless for me now to finish it. I haven’t made a decision yet and I’m not sure what I would do next but I had few options that I stopped exploring as people were telling me I was nutsfor considering quitting. Reading your article made me feel like it was ok to ask myself this question.

This same sentiment can be seen in previous comment threads…

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Published by Henrietta Watson

Hello my name is Henrietta Watson. I am a mother of a 29 year old daughter and a 22 year old son. I also have a 4 year old granddaughter and a 3 year old granddaughter.I am a Security Officer. I also write short stories, blogs and poems. I like cooking,grilling,fishing,skating,playing billiards,going out to eat and going to see movies.

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