An article on why we need emotional and passionate women and men in Academia

Karen O’Donnell published a post for The Guardian about why being passionate about your academic work is a good thing. Many academics might scoff at me when I say “I love this book” or “I love my research,” but why shouldn’t we love what we’re doing? I did not give up a well-paying job with benefits to live at the poverty line for 5-6 years, constantly worry about funding, not get great health insurance, and not be able to live like my other 30-year-old friends for something I am not passionate about. And as O’Donnell points out our research lives and dies with us, and we work alone for long periods of time. Passion is what keeps us going and I have no shame saying I love what I do and I’m pretty lucky to be able to do it.

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