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…

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,…

Pros and Cons of the Fulbright Program

Someone messaged me on Instagram today asking “How is the Fulbright program? I’m considering it. Pros, cons?” If you have a passion for traveling, living abroad, learning about and integrating yourself into a new culture, and a meaningful project that will benefit the world, yes, you should absolutely apply for a Fulbright. For those who…

Wait… how do you have TWO fellowships?

I get this question a lot: Wait… you have two fellowships? Are you paid by both? I didn’t know you could have both. Answer: Yup, I surely do. Yes, you surely can. Here’s a valuable life lesson I (re)learned at Northwestern’s Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) 20th Annual  Graduate Research Conference in April 2017; ask for what…

Happy Thanksgiving!

In all 27 years of living, this is my very first Thanksgiving away from home. To be honest, I completely forgot today was Thanksgiving because I’m on a beach in freaking Spain #whatislife. I’m thankful for God’s timing. Every step along the way brought me to where I am now, doing exactly what I want…

What is Life?

Today I volunteered with Fulbright Belgium at the International Studies Fair at the Atomium. I met some cool peope, had great conversation, and shared many laughs. Moments like these remind me of how fortunate I am to be here. I’m living in Brussels – the capital of Europe – for one year, funded by 2…