Moving Forward

I've spent much of the past month thinking about this decision and much of the past week thinking about how to tell people. I am leaving my PhD program. I started this program with the intention of following a career path that would significantly benefit from, if not require, the pursuit of such a degree.... Continue Reading →

Hurry Up And Wait

I first heard the phrase "hurry up and wait" to describe the nature of life for actors on a film set. I was an extra on the set of "Olympus Has Fallen" for one day back in 2012, filming in rural Louisiana. As extras, all of our attention and energy was needed while filming sequences,... Continue Reading →

Am I Ready?

My anxiety levels are extremely high. Last month, I wrote about everything I have to do this summer and now, I'm in the thick of it. I finished up my experiments last Thursday and we finished packing the lab the following day. That's not to say that my experiments gave me all of the data... Continue Reading →

The Cost of Calm

"Whoever said money can't solve your problems, Must not have had enough money to solve 'em" -Ariana Grande, "7 Rings" With mental health struggles so prevalent for graduate students, graduate programs and support networks are putting extra emphasis on mental health awareness. My graduate program offers workshops and counseling to its students, providing training and... Continue Reading →

Planning to be Overwhelmed

For most students, across all levels of education, the summer represents a time for relaxation and recovery away from school and class responsibilities. Particularly responsible students may hold a summer job to earn some money and occupy their time. Graduate students don't get that luxury. We work year-round, whether in class, in the lab/doing research,... Continue Reading →

Self-Awareness in Depression

I have chronic anxiety and periodic depression. My anxiety is rooted in my schoolwork, research, and other aspects of my professional life. My depression is brought on by pain in my person life. Over the past few weeks, I have been struggling through a breakup from someone I really cared about. The reasons for the... Continue Reading →

A Story A Day: Part 3

**This is a continuation from my previous post** Thursday I finished my Bioinformatics final on Wednesday afternoon, reaching the intended conclusion that genome mutations in cancer do not necessarily lead to dysregulation of the corresponding genes, nor do they all contribute to the development of metastasis. It turned out to be a very interesting assignment,... Continue Reading →

A Story A Day: Part 2

**This is a continuation from my previous post** Tuesday I spent my Tuesday morning putting together my presentation. The seminar series I participated in sources its speakers by assigning students, trainees, and postdocs one day a year where they are required to present their work in front of other researchers working in stem cells or... Continue Reading →

A Story A Day

As the end of the semester, this past week included unexpected adventures, unavoidable hurdles, and delightful surprises. In its culmination last night, I knew I needed to write everything down to make sense of it all and thought I might share it with anyone vaguely interested/willing to listen. My next few posts, which will be... Continue Reading →

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