It’s been a while since I posted, and there are several reasons for that. 1) I’ve genuinely been busy with graduate school/life and prioritized experiments and data analysis over my blog. And 2) If I didn’t feel it was worthy to write (i.e. something you could actually use in the future or gained new knowledge… Read More Twenty-eight.
This week I am in Palo Alto, CA to learn some new science techniques from a lab at Stanford. It is the longest I’ve been away from Candy Cane, and my 1st time staying in an AirBnB. I get really bad anxiety when flying, and even more when I have to navigate a new place.… Read More Overcoming anxiety when flying
I’m writing this while on the train ride back home. I just dropped Shey off at the airport, and I am heading out of town soon, too. Things have been very quiet around here, and a lot of that has to do with life’s ins and outs. A lot more of it has to do… Read More A Quiet Ride Home
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
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?
How do you choose a paper for journal club? For some bizarre reason, I volunteered to lead 2 journal clubs this week. They both were on the same day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Although I’ve improved at public speaking, I still get really nervous. Something about standing in front of… Read More Choosing a paper for journal club
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
Y’all–you know that I never stay in hotels. I didn’t grow up traveling, and never really stayed in a hotel until I began interviewing for graduate school. One of the amazing things about science is that every now and then you will get to travel to an exciting new city and get to know the… Read More Best hotels in Los Angeles: Meyer & Renee Luskin Center
I flew to Los Angeles this past week to attend the 2017 International Headache Academy, which is a 2-day educational program focused on headache medicine. I was excited to meet other headache scientists, but I’m not going to lie–I hate flying and did not want to be on a 5-hour flight to LA. I’m always wondering… Read More Traveling as a graduate student: tips on what to wear
I’ve lived in Chicago for a little over 2 years, and have never been downtown during NYE. This year, Shey and I decided to go to the John Hancock Observatory (now called 360) and spend the new year in the sky! We checked into the Cambria Hotel off of Michigan Avenue (AKA Magnificent Mile), and fell in… Read More Chicago: John Hancock Observatory – NYE in the Sky