Mental health is an ever growing concern with PhD students and the increasing demands on them. Thankfully more and more grad students are opening up about their mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and tackling them, but today I just wanted to talk about PhD guilt. Looking back over my four years in […]Read More Is the PhD journey just one long guilt trip?
With each passing week, I am edging nearer to the end of my PhD journey. I have learnt so much along the way about stem cells, about myself but also about being a PhD student over the past four years almost. So, I thought it would be great to go way back to the beginning […]Read More 15 tips for nailing your PhD application
My time left as a PhD student is in the series of months now. Months! Not years! Months! I don’t know where the time has gone. It feels like only yesterday that I was only half way through and still had 2 years’ worth of research to go. But as well as finishing up in […]Read More Pondering life after the PhD
Embarking on the PhD journey comes with it’s challenges. It will push you physically, emotionally and mentally! But unless you’re lucky enough not to be on the most basic of PhD stipends, then it can stretch you financially too! Especially if, like me, you only get paid every 3 months! . Surviving on a stipend […]Read More How to earn some extra $$ during your PhD
Doing a PhD is tough! Embarking on a journey that is going to consume the next three or four years of your life at least can be daunting. With only the finishing line as any sort of measurement of how you’re doing & because a PhD largely involves self directed learning – self management is […]Read More PhDLife. Staying Organised & Learning to Juggle.
Just like Santa and his Elves are rushing around to get all the presents ready, it’s the final week of lab work before Christmas and grad students round the world are also rushing around trying to finish off experiments and writing goals before the festive break! The organised amongst you are probably already winding down, […]Read More Wrapping up in the lab before Christmas
Hello science lovers! Apologies for the short hiatus on the blog for the past two weeks. Lab work got busy, intern life got busy, scicomm life got busy and personal life got busy so the blog had to be put on the back burner for a little while so I didn’t burnout completely. But now […]Read More PhDLife. How to stay on top of the literature.
I feel like I’m coming onto the home straight! I’ve officially started the final year of my PhD! This time next year, my thesis will be written and handed in, I might have even had my PhD viva and be Dr Arthur and who knows where in the world I will be doing goodness knows […]Read More PhD mythbusters. Volume 2
Whether it’s your first time or you are a seasoned pro – lab meetings always bring those slight feelings of fear and anxiety! Whether you don’t want to present your recent data because people are going to tear it apart or whether you don’t want to look like Jon Snow and appear that you know […]Read More How to survive & excel in lab meetings
It’s the middle of October and everyone, whether you’re at nursery, high school, a fresher, or at grad school, is well and truly back to school and in the swing of things. This year was my 23rd – and hopefully final – ‘back to school’. A truly depressing thought I know. But as I have […]Read More 10 secrets to become a successful research student