In my role as a dissertation coach (I also coach faculty) I hear some amazing stories about how graduate students are treated. Granted, I only hear one side of the story, but in most of the stories the advisors have no excuse. For example, the advisor of one student went to Europe for a semester and did not return emails or phone calls from his student for over a month. Did these people ever write a dissertation? Were they mistreated and now want to get revenge? I just don't understand this.
The semester’s over. If you’re anything like the academics I coach, you feel like death warmed over. Those last stacks of grading got done on sheer will, determination and fumes. And this is before considering your writing deadlines, committee responsibilities, and other demands. You are suffering from Academic Exhaustion Syndrome. Academic Exhaustion Syndrome (an advanced, more scholarly state of burn out) is a state of emotional, and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged stress, ending with grading, over the course of the semester and academic year. As the stress continues, you begin to lose interest and motivation to work, you have fantasies of standing up and screaming in the middle of a meeting, and you wonder what temporary loss of reality testing made you decide to become an academic. This dreaded Syndrome can: Reduce your productivity and saps your energy Make you irritable and have thoughts of strangling an undergraduate Make you feel like you have nothing more to g