fanning the flame but burning out::how can I keep fighting a toxic work environment

“I wanted to tell you first, before I did it, just to let you know.” “Even though it doesn’t change anything… ” I replied, confused. “No, but I just wanted to talk with you first, that’s all. But I am required to report what you’ve told me.” “Alright.” I’d shown up in Professor D’s office … Continue reading fanning the flame but burning out::how can I keep fighting a toxic work environment


perspective – a 15-minute boost

I passed my quals! HuzZAH! Back to the grind. In the days leading up to the test, I was burnt out of studying. There was still plenty to cover and review, but I felt like what I’d learned I’d learned, what I’d reviewed I’d reviewed and it was time to be done with it. In … Continue reading perspective – a 15-minute boost

honestly, honesty – pitching grad school

In a different title idea i wrote honestly instead of honesty, then stared at the words for a squidge too long... and my brain started hurting. The semester hasn't started yet but I'm preparing for quals (I'm taking them a little later than is usual) and I'm feeling pretty fried... Anyways! My advisor has asked … Continue reading honestly, honesty – pitching grad school

Call it what it is: why words like “microaggression” are powerful – Part I

Here is something I wish I could say to every engineer struggling with an actively discouraging workplace. Fending off unwanted attention while simultaneously trying to prove that you should be taken seriously is not the norm for big white men. Problems like this aren’t easy to fix; the important problems never are. It is very hard, and everyone has their own way of dealing with it. But call it what it is. Name it so you can fight it. I want you to know that you are not alone, and we are with you.