Academic journal article The Geographical Bulletin

Introduction to Special Issue "Maintaining Sanity in Graduate School"

Academic journal article The Geographical Bulletin

Introduction to Special Issue "Maintaining Sanity in Graduate School"

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"Maintaining Sanity in Graduate School: A Brief Commentary on the Significance of Informal Networks", was a crisis piece for us. Having found ourselves worn down by the daily grind of graduate school, we submitted a reflection piece to The Geographical Bulletin with the hope that it would stimulate discussion among graduate students pertaining to effective coping strategies. At that time we had no idea what insightful comments this topic would generate, we merely wanted to engage with students beyond our own university regarding critical issues that often go overlooked and unspoken.

We also hoped that by crossing disciplinary boundaries that we would elucidate the importance of collective struggles of graduate students - regardless of field of study. This dialogue however, should reach beyond graduate students and we are grateful that this roundtable project was recognized by the Association of American Geographers and that Beth Schlemper has contributed research collected as part of the "Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education (EDGE) in Geography" project.

Overall, we are more than pleased with the responses to our call for papers. The works presented in this roundtable touch on many of the same issues as our own submission. Each paper addresses the significance of informal as well as professional networks in maintaining sanity during graduate school. …

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