Well, that time of year has rolled around again. That’s right, we’re getting into flu season. School’s coming into crunch time, working hard to get papers written and experiments finished up before the holidays. What could possibly be worse than getting sick at a time like this? So, don’t forget to get the influenza vaccine.
Ah, grad school. Aka the years of your life where you’re learning how much you don’t know, pushing your personal and professional boundaries, and managing an outrageously busy schedule. Grad school schedules come with deadlines. Deadlines for abstract submissions, funding applications, and course work, on top of lab meetings, data collection, and social endeavours. Here… Read More Top 5 Tips to Increase Productivity
What I call “thinking days” are the days you take for yourself. It can be to sleep in, to organize non-school related appointments, to meet a friend for lunch, or even to watch Netflix. Whatever you need to do! Whatever you want to do! In the meantime, while you feel like you’re procrastinating on your… Read More Thinking days ≠ procrastination
My journey with academic writing began when I was a senior undergraduate applying for a fellowship. I had never written a research proposal before and so the result of my futile efforts came in the form of a very literary and romantic piece of writing about a faulty protein in Crohn’s disease – certainly not… Read More Cornerstones of Academic Writing
Somewhere between now and forever. That sounds about right. Isn’t that the gist of your reply to family members and friends who just don’t get why you’re still a PhD student? So much has changed in the world, and you’re still at it. I mean, how long does it take to write a thesis? Just… Read More The Writer’s Toolkit: 14 things that could change how you feel about writing
Part 1: The Dos and Don’ts In approximately 21 days I will be presenting my first ever oral presentation at a conference as a graduate student. I have presented posters before but this is new, exciting territory. Instead of 3-5 minutes of floor time, I have 15-20! Instead of a single poster, I’m generously allowed… Read More How to prepare a great conference presentation:Part 1
After the holidays – those crazy, lazy, sugar-hazy vacation days that we will all miss terribly – it could be hard to get back into the swing of things. Getting up with an alarm, for one, could be the day’s first and greatest challenge. It might be tempting, now more than ever, to hit snooze,… Read More Tomorrow is NOT another day: Tips to overcome procrastination
Although it’s usually a good idea to make sure you’ve got a handle on your work load (i.e., have a schedule figured out, know when things are due, get started on assignments well in advance of their due date), I think it’s an ESPECIALLY good idea to be on top of things when spring rolls… Read More Go play outside!!!
My life for the past couple of months has been pretty much ridonculous. Here’s how it started: Supervisor: “You should give a talk at the ESC meeting this fall.” Me (panicking, but appearing outwardly calm): “Cool. But, um, I have no data yet.” Supervisor: “Well, it’s two months away.” Me (hopefully): “How about a poster?”… Read More Conference woes and PowerPoint crimes