I’m a culinary psychologist (obviously a pseudonymous field) a few years out from her Ph.D. who gave the tenure-track job search the old heave-ho. It was not an easy decision, as evidenced by many of my blog posts. However, it was a decision that had to be made, and I am now coming to terms with it while seeking work outside of academe.
This blog started as a chronicle of my graduate school years. I started out a bit wet behind the ears, but with a supportive Spouse, a fantastic advisor, and a tribe of loving friends and family, I made it out OK. I recounted my experience with coursework, conferences, lab work, comprehensive exams, the dissertation process, and my forays into real employment. In the process, I met a guy, moved in with him, adopted a dog, got married, had serious health issues, sold a house, traveled the world, and became who I am today.
Now I am blogging elsewhere, but keeping this up in case some other aspiring academic needs to feel less alone.