Category Archives: Badges

Stayin’ Alive, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Stress (post 1)

As I prepare to spend time writing about the pursuit of happiness, I thought I would re-post (with a few minor edits) this post on mental health that I wrote for my “Badges” column on the USC Graduate School blog. This is mostly about maintenance and healing, a lot of it may or may not be accurate or helpful for people struggling with lifelong mental health issues.

In addition, here are a few good resources I’ve gathered over the last year or so related to mental health, happiness, positive perspective, etc.  Continue reading


Beyond The Ph.D.

On Thursday, March 13, USC’s Postdoc Association held its annual event, “Beyond the Ph.D”, designed to provide advice and perspective to people who Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows in all fields who all need to have a real job someday and may not be sure what to do. After all, graduate advisors tend to encourage remaining in academia, being that they love it. I live-tweeted as much as I could under the hashtag #BeyondThePhD. I went to panels for engineers, but I think the advice I heard was very generic.  Continue reading