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, 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, Personal, Study Tips, Tips & Tricks, Undergrad

Motivate Yourself!

Another personal post? What is this? I guess I just have a lot of feelings going into my second year which apparently get written out at 2 AM when I'm home alone (which means this was written last week. So hello from past Krystal!) Don't worry! There are some tips at the end and if you don't want to read through all the narrative...

Grad School, Issues in Academia, My Grad Life, Personal

The Ruse is Up: My Dealings with Imposter Syndrome

I feel stuck and I don't know why. Everything is telling me that I should be having the time of my life. I'm going to my dream grad school. I'm working in a discipline that I love. I've successfully survived my first year. And terms such as "intelligent", "smart" and "successful" have been used to describe me--to describe my life. I mean, I suppose if I were to look at my CV I could maybe shrug in agreement... But I don't feel it.

Grad Advice, Grad School, My Grad Life, Personal, Tips & Tricks

Maintaining Relationships in Grad School

I made a request a week ago for blog posts ideas, and this was one that made me extremely excited to write because I struggle with this all the time. In fact, when I went to a therapist to deal with anxiety issues, this was probably the number one things that was talked about during our sessions.

Grad Advice, Grad School, My Grad Life, Personal

Organizing my Grad School Life (Year 2)!

Hi everyone! Hopefully when you're reading this I'll be somewhere in Washington DC on vacation, so even though I got some amazing blog posts ideas this week on Tumblr, I thought I'd start off September with something a bit more chill and talk about how I plan to organize my life this year. This is… Continue reading Organizing my Grad School Life (Year 2)!