Oceanography professor Michele Guannel ’97 with husband Greg and Milo and baby Oliver.

Oceanography professor Michele Guannel ’97 with husband Greg and Milo and baby Oliver.

    1. Graduate school can be a good time to have kids because you’ll often have flexible hours and the ability to work from home. I had my first son seven months before I defended my Ph.D.
    2. If you find out that your job does not truly support families (versus what they said when you interviewed), start looking for a new one.
    3. Find or create good support systems, both personal and professional.
    4. Hide from your kids in the bathroom and eat cookies.
    5. Hide from your kids in your bedroom and eat cookies.
    6. Hide from your kids in [your sanctuary of choice], lock the door and just have silence for a split second.


—Michele Wrabel Guannel ’97, two children, 6 months and 3

“What is absolutely critical in raising children or running a business—or whatever—is a sense of humor. If you can’t find the humor in what is thrown at you on a daily basis, you will go nuts.”

—Carolyn Brodsky ’80

 

SAQ, Winter 2015–16