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Academic Relapse, Part 1: Time Travel

Academic Relapse, Part 1: Time Travel

In this post I talk about my (re)lapse into academia, the weight of trauma, and the shock I felt when it was all over. My legal battle is over, and I’m somehow left still standing. The blog will remain up permanently, I get to keep the series of posts “Why I Left Academia,” and finally, I feel I have my writing back. Now that I’ve reclaimed my words, I have a lot to say. Which is to say, buckle up academia.

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Academics Anonymous: Hi, My Name is ____ and I'm an Academic

Academics Anonymous: Hi, My Name is ____ and I'm an Academic

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the toxic by-product of academia, which is to say, the elitist mindset that justifies poor behavior. In many ways, I think a helpful lens to discuss this is that of Alcoholics Anonymous. So with that, here is a fun little diddy I’ve worked up for this week’s post. Of course, recovering from academia is not the same process of recovering from addiction, but it is a useful framework to discuss the sticky and less-discussed problems inherent to both leaving academia and academia itself.  

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It Gets Better: Ph.D. to Freelance Writer

It Gets Better: Ph.D. to Freelance Writer

Since leaving academia, I have been: only part-time employed as a tour guide, a receptionist, unemployed, an editor, and lately I’ve been learning the ropes of business writing, web copy, and content writing. In the effort to help my fellow alt-acs who are thinking about editing and writing for their next career, here is how I stumbled into it.

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