A New Chapter

I’m glad to say that I've finally found a job for next year. Starting July 1st, I’ll be joining Ohio State University as a clinical ethics fellow. The fellowship lasts for one year, but I shouldn’t have a hard time finding a clinical ethicist position afterwards. Hopefully, this fellowship marks the beginning of a fulfilling career.

Getting this position has certainly brought much-needed relief. Oddly, I can’t really say that I’m happy, and the only reason I can think of as to why is because it takes a while to recover from anxiety and stress. The philosophy job market really took a toll on my mental health. I wonder how long it’ll take before I feel like myself again.

My plan is to move mid-June, which means that I have less than two more months here in St. Louis. It’s crazy to me that I’ve been living here for the past six years. When I’m in the philosophy department and look at the younger graduate students, I think to myself that it was only yesterday that I was one of them. Six years ago, the end of my PhD seemed so far away, and now I’m pretty much done.

All things considered, I’m ready to move on and start a career. I want to settle down somewhere and begin a life with someone I love. Don’t get me wrong, being a graduate student has been wonderful, but I feel like my maturation has been postponed because of it. I still kind of live like an undergrad.