Lab life & grad school have got a bad rep! Now, I’m by no means belittling the daily struggles a grad student, postdoc or any researcher might face. Trust me, it’s tough! Pursuing a postgraduate degree in the life sciences is seriously draining physically, mentally, and emotionally. Hey, if getting a PhD and a career […]Read More 10 reasons why lab life is actually awesome!
It’s 2018! I’m sure each and everyone of you is very aware of that but that means one thing for me! I finish my PhD this year! . I still don’t think that it has sunk in that I am a final year PhD student and I’ve been working on my project for 3 and […]Read More A PhD update: 8 months to go
Doing a PhD is tough! Embarking on a journey that is going to consume the next three or four years of your life at least can be daunting. With only the finishing line as any sort of measurement of how you’re doing & because a PhD largely involves self directed learning – self management is […]Read More PhDLife. Staying Organised & Learning to Juggle.
Just like Santa and his Elves are rushing around to get all the presents ready, it’s the final week of lab work before Christmas and grad students round the world are also rushing around trying to finish off experiments and writing goals before the festive break! The organised amongst you are probably already winding down, […]Read More Wrapping up in the lab before Christmas
Throughout the whole of November, whenever I have had the radio on in the lab, there has basically been Christmas songs on repeat! Now I’m one of those people that believe that Christmas cheer shouldn’t start until December – bah humbug, I know! – especially as I’m a December baby too! But this week, I’m […]Read More Lets go Christmas Carolling – science style..
Hello science lovers! Apologies for the short hiatus on the blog for the past two weeks. Lab work got busy, intern life got busy, scicomm life got busy and personal life got busy so the blog had to be put on the back burner for a little while so I didn’t burnout completely. But now […]Read More PhDLife. How to stay on top of the literature.
I feel like I’m coming onto the home straight! I’ve officially started the final year of my PhD! This time next year, my thesis will be written and handed in, I might have even had my PhD viva and be Dr Arthur and who knows where in the world I will be doing goodness knows […]Read More PhD mythbusters. Volume 2
Whether it’s your first time or you are a seasoned pro – lab meetings always bring those slight feelings of fear and anxiety! Whether you don’t want to present your recent data because people are going to tear it apart or whether you don’t want to look like Jon Snow and appear that you know […]Read More How to survive & excel in lab meetings
It’s the middle of October and everyone, whether you’re at nursery, high school, a fresher, or at grad school, is well and truly back to school and in the swing of things. This year was my 23rd – and hopefully final – ‘back to school’. A truly depressing thought I know. But as I have […]Read More 10 secrets to become a successful research student
Everyone has their pre-conceived ideas and beliefs about PhD students or life as a PhD student. Me included! But now, three years down the road, I feel like I’ve experienced everything a PhD has to throw at me – wishful thinking I know! – so I thought I would try and dispel some commonly held […]Read More PhD Mythbusters. Volume 1.