General Student Resources

This page should be taken with a grain of salt. For university-specific resources, please see the class tab for whichever one of my classes you may be enrolled in. The rest of this page consists of just general student resources and academic or career advice that I’ve found works well for me. This page is not endorsed by ASU, GCU, SCC, SMCC, MCC, LLNL, LANL, GSFC, etc. etc. these opinions are my own.


I struggle with procrastination A LOT (I’m currently procrastinating grading labs AND working on my dissertation by doing this instead). The best description I’ve found is from Tim Urban and his blog. Welcome to the dark playground!


The 2018-2019 academic year was a struggle for me. My best friend since childhood passed away in an accident, I had to manage a space-flight hardware calibration campaign, I had to pass my PhD qualifying exams, and I spent the summer managing and implementing an experimental campaign in Maryland. I burned-out very, very badly halfway through the summer experimental campaign and almost lost all of my data to boot. Burn-out is now considered a diagnosable syndrome by the World Health Organization. The sooner you recognize it and deal with it, the sooner you can get back on track. Happy to say I’ve fully recovered from burn-out!

  • Understanding Burnout,” YouTube lecture by Prof. Christina Maslach (U.C. Berkeley).
  • Psychology Today’s Tips to Overcome Burn-out.
  • – because sometimes we just need to see some positive content.
  • – free mindfulness sessions can help a lot (and there’s an app!).
  • The book “Happy Brain,” by Dean Burnett covers the science behind what can also contribute to burn-out ($0 w/ Audible free-trial). “A problem that’s defined is half-way solved.”
  • For womxn in particular, the book “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” is pretty good. I personally don’t identify much with the section on body image issues (my mother did a good job never projecting body image onto me when I was growing up). One of the authors has a free worksheet for helping with stress.
  • There’s a ton of positive instagram accounts out there that will share uplifting daily messages, I suggest that if you insist on having an instagram you follow some of those accounts.

That COVID feeling

This New York Times article may be helpful for giving a name to what many people are feeling during the pandemic. The term languishing is defined as “failing to make progress or be successful.” In the mental health world, it is characterized by (1) moods that are not too high or too low (you’re not happy but you wouldn’t say you’re sad either); (2) feeling unmotivated more often than usual; (3) feeling unsettled but not highly anxious; (4) difficulty focusing on certain tasks, especially some days more than others. Languishing is also related to malaise: a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify. More than 30 years ago former President, Jimmy Carter, gave his Crisis of Confidence speech in an attempt to rally US citizens to the future problems they would be facing (in particular, environmental destruction and climate change). This speech was coined by the media as Carter’s Malaise speech.

Misc. Helpful Career and Academic Blogs

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