What's it like for your significant other to deal with an academic?
I was just thinking last night about this topic. You see, I’m a single female academic, so I live alone. I don’t even have a cat. That means that I have no one to vent to. Sure, I could vent to Facebook, but no one wants that (to say nothing of the fact that I am “friends” with all of my colleagues.) I could call some friends, but they probably just finished listening to their significant other vent to them about their work, or are in the midst of venting themselves.
This leaves me with two options: 1. Suck it up and 2. Talk out loud to myself and admit I’m a crazy person and THEN suck it up.
So, how do I manage? Obviously, I suck it up. I’m “lucky” in that there is another professor here who, while not single, is living alone and we vent to each other. This is risky though, because of the politics involved, but it is the best solution for those times when I absolutely have to vent.
Also? This website helps. Just reading about others’ experiences, knowing I’m not alone….that helps me suck it up.
-- Professor Peregrine