Grad School Confidential

That Sinking Feeling: On Dealing with Criticism

Episode Summary

Feeling discouraged — and a bit stunned — by some tough academic criticism? You're not alone. In this episode, we explore those painful moments in the face of criticism, why it hurts so much and how to respond. Two PhD graduates share their stories, and we hear from author Kevin D. Haggerty.

Episode Notes

Pointed critiques may come with the territory in academic life, but that doesn't make them any easier to hear.

Join us for a conversation with Hayley and Jenna — recent PhD graduates (and successful academics) who have faced and overcome tough feedback. 

They share their stories, and Kevin D. Haggerty, co-author of 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School, discusses the reasons that such criticism can hit hard.

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Music credits

Licensed from "Shaken and Stirred" by Dreamland (theme song); “Brennar” by Falls; “Wistful” by Falls; “Raindrops” by Moments; “Crocuta” by Hill; “Apostle of Ireland” by Cody Martin; “Full Circle” by Sounds Like Sander; “Remember This” by Craig Allen Fravel; “Escape” by Memory Theory; “Cayuga Land” by Alsever Lake.

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