I’ve been dreaming about Friday since Tuesday. We have 2 new lab members, and guess who is training them? Me! I am also working on my own experiments, writing, & have had lot of meetings lately. Some people find the busy-ness of academia invigorating, and others (like me) find it draining. I’m much more comfortable working… Read More Friday Wrap Up
We are already halfway through 2017-can you believe it? This month I will celebrate 5 years of doing research and ~13 years of working. 13 years, and I have never had a budget or a plan for my money. And with 2 years left of my PhD, I also need to plan for my degree.… Read More June Goals
When I was an undergrad, I swore that I would never work with animals. A few years later, and I am working with mice almost daily. Although I never planned on working with mic, I’m glad that I chose to join a lab that does some behavioral experiments. How do you know working with animals is… Read More Is behavioral work right for you?
If you would’ve told me in May 2014 that I would be second-guessing my decision to go to graduate school, I would not have believed you. I would’ve told you that going to graduate school was my dream, and that one day I would be a well-respected professor. I would’ve told you that I had… Read More Second-guessing graduate school
The colors are changing, the leaves are falling, and pretty soon snow will come! Around this time every year (sometimes a bit earlier), the USMC hosts a family day. This year, we went to Eckert’s Farm and my baby fever was going haywire! All of the tiny babies on tiny pumpkins! Granted, the farm was 4.5… Read More It’s fall, y’all.
This past week, I took my qualifying exam. What is a qualifying exam? The first year of graduate school, you spend a majority of the time taking required coursework within your discipline (tons of neuroscience-related classes for me, for example), and rotating between labs to see which is the best fit. The second year of… Read More Qualifying exam: the journey into candidacy
End of graduate school year 2: Where has the time gone? It is the end of my 2nd year in graduate school, and in a few days I will take my qualifying exam. A few days after that, I will begin graduate level classes again, and the time will keep ticking away. Experiments are planned, writing… Read More Recap: Graduate School Year 2
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I celebrated Independence Day by sleeping in, eating home-made lasagna, and buying some much-needed jeans from American Eagle. I typically get my denim from Target, but I’ve found that the quality of clothes has really deteriorated. I usually love walking into Target and grabbing a cute shirt/dress/pair of jeans as I grocery shop, but… Read More Fourth of July: Weekend Writing