Students vent on blog listing reasons not to attend graduate school

March 12, 2012

Anonymously produced for 2 years, "100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School" has become a popular blog with graduate students looking to vent. With a focus on the humanities and the social sciences, the blog features many posts that speak to the social and psychological difficulties of graduate school. A recent entry on "the culture of fear" -- which asked: "Why are academics -- of all people -- afraid of writing (and speaking) honestly about their profession? Why do so many of those who do express themselves feel compelled to do so anonymously?" -- garnered many responses (many of them anonymous) about the power gaps in academia. There are widespread complaints about graduate school and the academic job market. While some critics of the blog find many of the reasons to be "negatively slanted and biased," the blog is getting praised in comments on many discussions regarding the academic job market. If one decides to enrol in graduate school anyway, the blog includes 3 pieces of advice: "stay out of debt," "go to a prestigious school," and "finish as quickly as possible." Inside Higher Ed | 100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School