I Survived the First Semester of my Ph.D. Program

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a student was crying or stressing themselves out. Sike nah…BUT I AM OFFICIALLY DONE WITH THE FIRST SEMESTER OF MY PH.D. PROGRAM. WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s been a LONG time coming. Ya girl went from academic probation in college to successfully completing the first semester of her Ph.D….

Grad School Sucks…Here are Some Tips

Hey Y’all, First year Ph.D. student checking in. This first semester has been pretty trash. I kind of wish my blog were anonymous so I could go into detail, but it’s not, so I can’t lol. Basically, if I were to summarize my first semester thus far it feels like I have too many things…

Lab Rotations… Where Do I Start?

So, I officially start my Ph.D. Program (well…it’s Welcome Day but that counts right?) next, next, Monday! Eeeeee! As much as I contemplate  marrying rich and becoming a full-time socialite, I am getting really excited to start school! It’s been a long time coming and could never be an experience I take for granted. The semester…

Q&A: A Free Master’s Degree in Biology?

The Pathways Program in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan is a fully-funded Master’s program that serves as a bridge to a Ph.D. program, with the goal of increasing representation in STEM. Tuition is waived, health insurance is covered, and you receive a living stipend. It is FREE.99 with amazing resources for graduate…

Preparing my First Manuscript

Instead of working on a writing assignment that’s due tomorrow, I’m writing this blog post #priorities. Before I started working in my lab, the very first meeting I had with my advisor was about publishing a paper by the end of my grant period. Well…it’s June, and it’s the end of my grant period. Overall,…

The “Best” Advice I received about the Ph.D.

I just finished an interview about my experience as a graduate student at the University of Michigan…and I recalled a piece of advice from one of my graduate professors at Georgia Tech “There are 3 things that you need when choosing a lab, do not compromise. You must be excited about your project, enjoy the lab…

Writer’s Block for a Scientist?

I have a blog post to write for the Fulbright Program. It reminds me that, other than writing poetry/spoken word, I (we) don’t really get opportunities to do creative/thoughtful /non-science writing as scientists unless we actively seek it.   I’ve been putting this off – because there’s no deadline lol. But writing is a craft…

I’m Featured! Fulbright Belgium YouTube

Hey, hey lovely people! I’m featured on Fulbright Belgium’s YouTube channel!! I had an opportunity to interview with them to discuss my experiences as a Fulbright research grantee. If you follow my blog/vlog, you’ll recognize some of the stories in my interview but I also touch on some new gems! Watch my interview with Fulbright Belgium…

Do NOT set yourself up for the okey doke with ING Belgium

Okay so… I check my bank accounts on a regular basis (daily, on average). Tell *claps* me *claps* why *claps* *smacks* …I log into my ING account to see a nice lil 100 EUR fee taken from my account? Spoiler Alert – Main point of this post: AS SOON AS YOU START THE RESIDENT CARD…

I Love my Lab

One of my friends in lab brought me a gift from Lebanon. There is a large Lebanese community in Belgium, and two of my friends in lab have invited me to Lebanese events to learn more about their culture. The food is amazing and I learned a Dabke dance, a dope traditional lebanese dance. Fittingly,…