Grad School Confidential

Hitting the Wall: On Burnout in Grad School

Episode Summary

Feeling spent and exhausted? You're not alone. In this episode, three grad students tell stories about burnout at various points in their programs. They also share strategies for coping with the physical and emotional toll those experiences take.

Episode Notes

Feeling spent, exhausted, over-extended? If so, you’re not alone. Grad students trying to balance the demands of life with new academic challenges often find themselves contending with burnout.

Join us for a conversation with Chantal, Katherine and Alle — grad students who know what the struggle is like. They share their stories, and we explore some useful remedies.

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Music credits:

Licensed from "Shaken and Stirred" by Dreamland (theme song); “Gem” by Nu Alkemi$t; “River Walk” by Wild Wonder; “What You Do Not Know” by Joshua Spacht; “Many Worlds” by Memory Theory; “Through Space and Time” by Alsever Lake; “Life in Binary” by Falls.

“Marimba on the Hunt” by Daniel Birch, available from under a CC.BY-NC 4.0 licence.

Grad School Confidential is a production of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta.