Originally posted on PhD Balance social media platforms on 01/07/2021.
When we talk about having a safe and supportive environment in grad school, often we are talking about the program or the research group. But your environment includes your community, your home, and even your country.
It shouldn't need to be said, but we will say it anyway - it's okay to be struggling given the recent events happening in the United States. It’s okay to take breaks. It’s okay to put your mental health first.
Your personal pain is not negated by the pain of others. We’re here for you and we’re here for each other. Please continue to show up for each other and engage in respectful discourse and encouragement of our peers.