My Grad Life, Personal

Mini-Hiatus

It has come to another point in my life where I must throw in the towel and take a short hiatus from blog writing. Which, honestly, makes me really sad. Because this blog is something I take a lot of pride in and it's become something I look forward to doing during the week! But lately, it's been a bit difficult to write up quality posts on a weekly basis, while also keeping up with all the other things going on in my life right now. So, rather than forcing myself to churn out weekly material, I figured it was time for a break and for me to focus on, oh I don't know, passing my candidacy exam.

Grad Advice, Grad School, Study Tips, Tips & Tricks, Undergrad

On Successful Test-Taking

The end of another term has arrived! Though it seems that a lot of schools are out for break, a few of you probably still have your week full of sole-crushing final exams to look forward to. My heart goes out to all of you because I think we can all agree that test-taking kind of sucks and most feel they're just not very good at it in the first place! However, I feel that test taking is an art that can definitely be taught. And once mastered, school definitely gets a lot easier.

Grad Advice, Grad School, Tips & Tricks

The Care and Keeping of your Grad Student (Holiday Edition)

December has arrived which means the holidays are just around the corner! And for those of you non-academics who happen to have a grad student friend/family member, this serves as a rare opportunity for you to finally interact with them! Because it's during this time of the year that we grad students find ourselves emerging from our lab/office caves to remind our friends and families that we still exist in the world. Happy times all around! Or so you think...

Grad Advice, Grad School, Issues in Academia, Tips & Tricks

Feeling Crispy: Burnout in (Grad) School

I've said it once (many times, actually) and I'll say it again: academia can be a really shitty place when it comes to your mental health. Yes, your academic adventures can result in a variety of extremely rewarding experiences--there's no doubt about that--but when your forced to survive this high-stress environment that expects you to juggle heavy workloads, long hours and high expectations on top of the rest of your adult life... Let's just say that even the most dedicated students can start succumbing to the pressure.

Grad Advice, Grad School, Issues in Academia, My Grad Life, Personal, Tips & Tricks

Feeling Stuck in Grad School

I was warned, even before I started grad school, that there will be at least one point during my five-year PhD where I would get stuck. It might be because a key experiment won’t work for weeks on end or the data I manage to get simply isn’t adding up—whatever it was it would be a… Continue reading Feeling Stuck in Grad School

About Me, Grad School, My Grad Life, My Research, Personal, Science & Research

Why I Do What I Do: Atmospheric Chemistry

So I had an entirely different plan for a blog post this week. But after everything that has happened with the US elections, I really can’t offer much useful advice right now on stuff related to academia. So, sorry for that. I feel bad, especially after missing last week...If it's any consolation, I will say… Continue reading Why I Do What I Do: Atmospheric Chemistry

Grad Advice, Grad School, Research & Internships, Science & Research, STEM Advice, STEM Majors, Tips & Tricks, Undergrad

STEM Quick Tips: Creating Research Questions & Ideas

When I applied to the NSF Fellowship the first two times, I was just in the midst of switching fields and starting grad school. As such, I didn't have a research project, nor did I have any real knowledge of what kind of research was going on in my new field. So, when fellowship season came around and I was was asked to write a "novel" research proposal, I just about panicked. How would I ever come up with legitimate research question in a field I was unfamiliar with?

Grad School, Science & Research, STEM Advice, STEM Majors, Tips & Tricks, Undergrad

Summarizing Research Articles

Back in my senior year of college, I took a graduate class that required me to summarize one or two research articles a week. Though I absolutely hated it at a time (mostly because I hadn't yet figured out how to read research papers yet), I found that it became an invaluable skill. What better way to make sure that you understand a research paper than condensing its many pages into a measly paragraph or two?