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…

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…

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…

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…