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How to Hope in Graduate School

Job-market woes, mental illness, and unionization seem to be all we read anymore about the graduate-school experience. There’s no shortage of advice on those frontsfrom professors and administrators. But as a doctoral student, I’d like to focus on some common apprehensions about graduate school that get far less attention.

We rarely hear from graduate students about these pressures, so we experience them as private struggles, rarely dissected in departments or journals.

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