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….

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…