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, 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 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?

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

How to Read Science Papers: An Update

I have been doing a lot of reading lately. A lot of reading. I've been scouring through the literature so I can have a solid foundation before/while I write my NSF fellowship proposal for this year...the last year I can apply. However, as I've been reading, I've noticed that my methods of going through my many, many piles of papers has changed since this time last year.