Giving Compass’ Take:
• A new report is showing how graduate school can have serious effects on students’ mental health. Ph.D. candidates suffer from anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation at astonishingly high rates.
• How can donors and volunteers help graduate students’ mental health? How can we reduce the stress factors of graduate schools?
“I was always gung ho about going to graduate school for some reason,” reflects Everet Rummel, a data analyst at the City University of New York. “That was naive.”
Rummel was indeed gung ho, embarking on a doctoral program in economics immediately after completing both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just four years. He was only 22 years old. And Rummel was indeed naive, at least in his own telling of his plans for a two-year doctoral degree. That plan—which for the average doctoral candidate takes roughly eight years—ended quickly, not because of Rummel’s characteristic efficiency but because he never completed it. “I dropped out,” he explains, attributing the decision to a lot of different factors, many of them not directly related to his studies, but each pointing back to the all-encompassing, unforgiving stress of his Ph.D. program.
Read the full article on graduate students mental health by Alia Wong at The Atlantic.
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