June Goals

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….

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Celebrating Friday

This week I am celebrating Friday by traveling to Atlanta to visit my family. I absolutely cannot wait to meet my niece for the first time! I hear that she looks (and acts) a lot like I do. Has that ever happened to you? Your niece/nephew is a mini-you, and you have no idea how? It blows…

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Do #blacklivesmatter in STEM?

Do STEM fields care about black/brown lives? As scientists, do we talk about racism, sexism, homophobia at all? Or are we invisible, even in academia? I recently wrote about the Pulse shootings in Orlando, FL, and how the attack on the LGBT community tore me apart. I spent a lot of days mourning over the…

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Insights on being behind the barrel of the gun

Last Sunday, an armed man opened fire at Pulse, a popular gay club in Orlando, FL. His decision to open fire cost 49 beautiful people their lives, left 53 others physically injured, and has deeply wounded the LGBT community. According to CNN (and other outlets), this is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United…

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Happy 2 year Chitown-versary!

Two years ago, I hopped on a plane and found myself in Chicago. I had no idea how to use public transportation, so I paid $50 to have the taxi drive me up the street to my housing assignment. It also had not settled in that I was going to be sleeping in a new city without…

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Memorial Day Weekend

It is uncommon that both Shey & I have a full weekend off, let alone a 3-day weekend. Don’t get me wrong–I love being at the bench. However, I also love to sleep in and binge-watch The Walking Dead. Not going to lie–I’ve cried at least three times each episode. Something about the zombie apocalypse just…

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Saying Hello

I just finished up my 2nd year of graduate school classes, and I am so ready for a break! I have started to prepare for my preliminary exam, which will happen at the end of the summer. I’ve been struggling with managing my time and energy, meaning that I want to nap all day long, but…

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