How Do I File My Taxes!?!?!?!?

If you’re a graduate student, a Fulbrighter, a BAEF fellow or the recipient of any other scholarship/fellowship in a research based program and you don’t know sh** about taxes…this post is for you! *Please be aware that this post regards the 2016-2017 tax season. While the rules are unlikely to change, always confirm that you…

Home Sweet Home

Hey friends! I want to share a quick update about how I’m doing. I’ve been home in the U.S. for ~2 weeks and it’s wonderful to be home. Due to bad weather I had to reschedule my flight back to Belgium twice which afforded me a few extra days at home. I’ve felt deeply saddened by…

Some people are confused about what I’m doing

Today someone asked me “is it required for you to do a year abroad before your Ph.D.?” and I answered “No.” Then I thought to myself, that’s a great idea, and said “it should be!” When people (here in Belgium) realize that I’m not officially a Ph.D. student, but I have my Master’s degree, and…

Everything’s Fine!

I’ve been in the lab grinding so I haven’t had time to update! Things are well. I took my advice from the second most previous post and had an effective conversation about my frustrations and expectations in the lab. That said, I definitely think there is somewhat of a cultural difference in how labs operate…

I Almost Lost my #!&@ Today

So……. I left lab early today because I was pissed. I had an experiment planned and the person who was supposed to be training me left half way through (without leaving me a protocol NOR letting me know they were leaving) so I literally just walked away from the program that was running because I was…

Problems in Lab? Here are some Tips!

Hey Y’all! Thanks for reaching out to me after my last post and for reading my blog. I appreciate you! A few of you shared that you’ve had similar experiences in the past and I’d like to share some tips that may help! First, let me say that all is well! I had a meeting…

Why be afraid?

Almost 1 year ago, on November 29, 2016, I wrote a blog entry (before I had a blog) documenting my fears and shifting them to faith. ——- Why be afraid of rejection when you don’t know what’s on the other side? Failure has opened so many doors for me and provided so many opportunities, opportunities…

Quick Tips for Moving Abroad

  Apply for a Capital One Venture Card – The card I applied for has no annual fee. There are other card options with a $0 fee the first year and then some fee the year after. I didn’t consider these options because I didn’t thoroughly research the cards. – There are NO international transaction…