Searching for a New Life

I have been surprised and incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from friends and colleagues since announcing my departure from our PhD program. Many students have gone out of their way to let me know that they support me and think this was a brave move. To be honest, I never... Continue Reading →

The Impenetrable Nature of a Thick Skin

Multiple times during my scientific and professional development, I've been told about the necessity of a "thick skin". The intent of which is to not let negative feedback or constructive criticism upset you. The expectation is that you will not let things effect you emotionally, but you will fix the problems outlined or follow the... 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 →

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 →

Talking Science

Science communicators are diverse individuals with various skills and functions while talking about science. Each type contributes to the public's perception of and knowledge about science.

Beaten Down

While it's been an unspoken truth for decades, much recent attention has been paid to shedding light on the significant numbers of graduate students, specifically PhD students, who suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. However, news of our high rates of mental health problems comes as no shock to any PhD student.... Continue Reading →

Nerds on the Beach: BCB Retreat 2018

My graduate school has a very general scientific premise. We are the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; GSBS to those who know us. Everyone who graduates from my school receives a MS or PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Because biomedical sciences encompasses such a diverse array of research areas, students in our graduate school join a... Continue Reading →

One Year On

Full Disclosure: It is now the third week of the new semester, so this reflection is not exactly one year since starting my PhD, but the sentiment stands. Many things happened at once when our program began a year ago. Our orientation week was cut short and we missed the first week of classes due... Continue Reading →

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