LEGO Grad Student

Lego Grad Student has become popular among grad students because he addresses the mental hardships that many of them deal with.
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“LEGO Grad Student” is an anonymous blogger who creates LEGO scenes paired with humorous, but dark, captions that depict the difficulty of graduate school. In one, a spiky-haired LEGO figure has a distressing meeting with his adviser; in another he sneaks into an event for the free food; and in most he goes through some form of existential crisis.

LEGO Grad Student’s work clearly resonates with others. He has seventy-five thousand followers on Facebook alone.

How Higher Education Can Make You Feel Low

May 25, 2018
Lego Grad Student has become popular among grad students because he addresses the mental hardships that many of them deal with.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

When Hillary was working on her PhD at Penn State, she realized it had become the only thing in her life.

“It feels like this pressure and anxiety to only strengthen the grad school side of yourself,” Hillary said. “I used to like writing I used to like doing all this other stuff. I had just completely erased it from my life. I felt like those parts of my personality, I wasn’t feeling like was worthy to bring into my graduate life and my graduate career.”

Hillary didn't want to use her last name because of the personal nature of her story.