Manage episode 321795948 series 2980544
Joining Yuliana today is Dawn Skorczewski, a former professor of English at Brandeis University. Dawn is now a tutor and lecturer at Amsterdam University College (AUC), where she is also the coordinator of languages, co-coordinator of Academic Writing Skills and co-coordinator of the AUC Writing Center. In today’s conversation, she recounts her story of working hard to become a professor at Brandeis, the impact the toxic work environment there had upon her personal and professional life, and how she has successfully responded to it all.
Dawn begins by sharing her professional journey as a professor and how she came to realize that she was unhappy where she worked. She talks about her resilience when she was diagnosed with depression due to her toxic work environment and how she finally summoned the courage to leave that environment and thrive in another. The episode comes to a close as Dawn shares the one song that describes her life - ‘After All’ by Dar Williams, a song that helped her in dark times.
- The challenging event that redirected the course of Dawn’s life
- A realization in Amsterdam
- Dawn’s teaching career
- Dawn’s story of resilience
- How Dawn’s identity was wrapped up in her work
- A fall into depression
- Setting boundaries and becoming confident in your discernment
- The one song that describes Dawn’s life
“Suddenly, I realized I was not in the right place. I didn't want to be there anymore, and I didn't know what I was going to do to get out.”
“I was like a juggler and had 12 balls, but I couldn't keep them all in the air.”
“I started to experience the quiet of not having 40 emails in my box. I didn't have people asking me for anything. I wasn't supervising anybody. I didn't have any students. I didn't have people asking me for letters of recommendation. I wasn't on any committees. I wasn't the chair of anything. I was like just there in the world.”
“Rather than saying that I learned to separate ‘Dawn The Academic’ from Dawn, it's sort of the opposite. I learned and I worked and I still work to embrace the fact that that person who published those books, who teaches those classes, who gives these workshops, and has a file on her email from people who have gone out into the world and done amazing things. That's me.”
“Do not let poison into your life, because you're gonna feel bad, whether it's a poison that you ingest or a poison of someone's words that come into your ears.”