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
As a graduate student, I don’t have much time to read for fun. I make lists on top of lists of books that I want to read, and have even considered getting an Audible membership. I used to read a handful of books per month, and now I’m lucky if I can squeeze a few in… Read More On my bookshelf: Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende)
Goodbye 2016… Hello 2017! Is anyone else ready to let go of 2016? I know I am! Looking back on the year, there have been many highs, and inevitably a few lows. That’s the thing with remembering, you always remember the bad parts, and hardly ever the good parts. But the truth is that the good… Read More Saying goodbye to 2016! Hello to a new year!
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.
It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. I didn’t mean to take a hiatus, but sometimes life happens and before you know it you’re living in the moment instead of blogging about it. I also think that I got caught up in the “newness” of blogging, and that it became overwhelming. You know what I’m talking about–trying… Read More Back from an impromptu hiatus!
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
Can you separate your work life from your home life? Is it possible to have a work-life balance, especially as a researcher? From my experience, the answer is yes, but it can get difficult. Undoubtedly, you will go home and think about work. There is no way around it. And you will probably think about your family/home life… Read More Work-life balance: Building boundaries in academia
Do you want to improve your science writing skills? In science (& most fields), one of the most important skills involves communication. Writing succinctly, and clearly, is key to having a conversation with your audience. The better they understand your ideas, the easier it will be for you to “sell” your work. Whether it’s an essay, a… Read More How to improve science writing skills
Sweet like Sunday morning! I wish that this whole week were the same! This week has been hectic, to say the least. In between writing my dissertation proposal, and trying to finish up some behavioral experiments–life has been kind of crazy. I wake up thinking about writing, go to sleep thinking about traumatic brain injuries,… Read More 5 Tips on Staying Motivated