May 25th, 2021 It is a Sunday, May 9th 2021 to be exact, and I am sitting in an Olive Garden parking lot in the backseat of my little sister’s car watching a prerecorded graduation on my cell phone. The president of my university speaks first, welcoming everyone watching at home, congratulating us, the class… Continue reading So… What is next?
April 9th, 2021 At the moment as I am finishing up my bachelor’s degree and starting to plan out when I want to go to graduate school, I am running into a lot of issues while I consider what programs I want to apply to. This is would be my second time applying to graduate… Continue reading Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying to Graduate School
April 5th, 2021 A few days ago I received a brochure in the mail from National Geographic. The unexpected surprise crammed into my tiny mailbox gave me a rush at first. The famous yellow rectangle framing a grizzly bear sitting in a field of dandelions on the cover, “Expeditions: Travel Catalog 2021-2022” it read. I… Continue reading Can you revive a dying dream?
April 2nd, 2021 More than half the time I honestly feel like I don’t know what the hell I am doing. I have gone back and forth between feeling like I have a clear picture of somewhere I want to go in life and what I want to do and then writing that picture off… Continue reading Imposter Syndrome & Choosing Science
April 1st, 2021 Someone very close to me recently told me I am very self-destructive and that my self-destructiveness made them very upset because they love me and they don’t want to see me hurt. I am not sure what to do with that. I feel like I have always been that way, not believing… Continue reading How I am feeling lately
March 2nd, 2021 Today, while attending a Womxn in STEM virtual panel discussion I was introduced to a phrase that was new to me but one I related to greatly: “Perfection Paralysis”. Suffering from perfectionism my entire academic life I had yet to hear this term but the concept makes a lot of sense. I… Continue reading Perfection Paralysis
February 23rd, 2021 As the snow melts in Chicago, I feel a sense of relief. Stepping out into the bright morning the cool air hits my face and runs its fingers through my hair. I am now finding comfort in the cold instead of detesting it as I have all winter. You can almost smell… Continue reading A Case For Walks In The Cold
February 18th, 2021 The following fictional short story is a writing exercise inspired by a prompt taken from “A Creative Writer’s Kit” by Judy Reeves. “Callie, have you seen my keys?” Her mother Lydia, asked as she felt around in her jacket pocket without any luck. The little girl shook her head as she timidly… Continue reading “Open The Box”: Writing Exercise #1
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 So here we are, nearly 1 year into the pandemic, 1 year into this blog being “live”, and I have made only 2 posts during the whole of 2020. I honestly cannot say I am surprised. Discipline for me has always been a struggle, starting and stopping and starting and stopping… Continue reading Imposter Syndrome & Creative Writing
Science and research are never easy or straightforward. There are always bumps in the road or hiccups along the research path; a false positive result, no result, a result you didn’t expect, reagents not arriving on time, broken machines, you name it. To continue doing research you need to be adaptable and comfortable giving up… Continue reading Writing a Thesis During a Pandemic