Graduate students are pushed to work hard and develop mental health issues
Graduate Student (Current Employee) – Ithaca, NY – January 13, 2019
Graduate students here can receive hefty stipends, waived tuition, fairly good healthcare, and access to a plethora of university resources. However, graduate students are often pushed by their advisers to work 50-60 hours/week, often have ~1 week/year for vacation, and work ~10-12 hours/day. This work/life imbalance and lack of administrative support often results in serious mental health issues among the graduate students and leads to students feeling isolated, unsupported, and under valued.