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?
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… Read More Celebrating Friday
This Valentine’s Day was bittersweet. It was our first Valentine’s as a married couple. It will also be our last Valentine’s together in Chicago. Shey is getting stationed to San Diego this summer, and I plan on staying in Chicago to finish my PhD. A part of me wants to leave everything and go to… Read More Our first (and last) Valentine’s Day together in Chicago
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
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
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
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
Happy Monday! If you’re like me, you went into work over the weekend, tried to catch up on reading new publications in your field, and were too tired to treat yourself to a much-needed haircut/manicure/nap. Or was that just me? Being in a STEM-related field can get tiresome, and it can also get lonely. For example,… Read More Practicing self-care in science