Are you deciding whether or stay in your PhD program or to leave? In this episode of Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD, Stephanie Fuccio shares her experience of leaving her PhD program and the important lessons the experience taught her.

Hear how she navigated the difficult decision of leaving, the impact on her mental health, and how she was able to write the next chapters of her professional life after leaving.

Whether you are considering leaving your PhD or not, this episode offers insight and advice that is valuable to every graduate student.

What we covered during our conversation: 

  • Stephanie’s journey from teaching english to the PhD

  • Hew experience of teaching vs researchà

  • Navigating grad school with health challenges

  • Dealing with debt and overwork

  • Facing the emotions of leaving the PhD program

  • The power of reaching out to people a few years ahead of you

  • The importance of leaving an environment that is toxic to you

  • The importance of conversations with a wider circle of people

Don’t miss out on this candid and insightful conversation!

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Stephanie is a Podcast Content Shaper who is determined to help thought leaders get their message to the right audience with a combination of podcast, newsletters and videos. She’s an American living abroad for over 20 years, a coffee addict and a lover of stories in any form.

Thank you, Stephanie Fuccio

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