Talk Yo Sh**: Why you should advocate for yourself

“If you’re making big moves, those moves will speak for themselves.” I’ve heard this message spun in many different ways; be humble, move quietly, let your accomplishments speak for themselves, etc. Yes, humility is great and you certainly don’t want to be pompous or arrogant about the things you’ve accomplished. BUT it is important for you…

Mind your business and drink water: real Gs move in silence

“Real Gs move in silence.” I hate this quote. The notion that you shouldn’t tell people about what you’re working on because there are haters out there   … okay AND? If you believe in God, is a hater greater than God? If you don’t believe in God ….OKAY AND? Let the haters hate. I…

I’m Going Home.. it’s Friday

I’m going home, that’s it, that’s the blog. Okay, so..I’m sitting in lab writing this blog because today I just don’t feel like  doing any more lab work. There’s an experiment that isn’t working because our equipment doesn’t have the capacity to resolve the data, so I could like…try to troubleshoot it but it’s likely a…

A Ph.D. Student’s Guide to Lab Rotations

So you’ve come here to read my unsolicited advice about making the most out of your rotation experience? Excellent, I’ve got lots of tea for you and I’m certain that the tips I share here will be extremely beneficial to you. Okay first, if you are not aware of the unwritten rules of graduate school,…

Surviving the Ph.D, I’m done with classes!!!

When I started this blog, one of the things I wanted this to be was a living diary of my experiences as a Ph.D. student. Having pretty much finished my course curriculum, I understand why there are not more people documenting their experiences in graduate school. Reason #1: WE AIN’T GAT TIME. Reason #2: Politics….

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,…