STORYTIME 📚 Y'all, I've been doing political research & trynna make a career in academia since 2012. BEFORE grad school, I had multiple papers and 9 conferences on my CV. I was THAT kid. I was in it to win it.
And then my mental health took a nosedive, advisor went MIA, academia was no longer a dreamy career, Amerikkka elected DT, & my polisci idol/guardian angel killed himself.
So, I retreated. I avoided the news. I quit my PhD. I yacked at anything to do with higher ed or politics. I thought my break would be a few weeks. It's been almost a year.
It's been almost a year and I'm finally able to process what Amerikkka did. I am confronting my decision to leave academia and daring to dream of using my skills to actually affect change. I mean, look at the state of the world. Y'all need this talent. I didn't train for YEARS to do ultimately do nothing worthwhile.
#October is going to be a renewal. I am excited to lean into my original passion and do something worthwhile.
The moral of the story: give yourself all the time you need to process. It's YOUR #process and YOUR timeline. I took MONTHS to run away, explore alternatives, recover. It's hard to take a break or end something when you've invested so much time and energy... but it's not impossible. If something is not serving your purpose (money, comfort, happiness, growth, whatever you want), then LET IT GO. Find what feels right and run like hell in that direction.