I read a blog post that really stuck out to me this week.
While it was focused on writing mistakes, I think it really applies to more than just writing. I included a paragraph that really stuck out to me.
“PhD students are just not inherently lazy or uncommitted. It’s not a thing! They can be exhausted, demotivated, discouraged or facing seemingly insurmountable hurdles. But with their academic and professional track record, and making the choice to pursue a PhD and to keep on doing a PhD… talent, commitment and perseverance can be assumed.”
So many thanks to the author, Katherine Firth. Thank you so much for acknowledging us [PhD students] and giving us credit. We really are trying our best but sometimes hurdles within the system or outside the system get in the way. Thank you for pushing that our mentors look for the root cause and not just criticizing our every mistake.
Read it in full here: https://researchinsiders.blog/2020/12/17/when-your-writing-mistakes-arent-so-silly/
Seriously, read the entire post – it is well worth it.