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?
August already?! How? Just how!? But that means I have been out of the lab and writing full time for 4 weeks already, but it also means that I am handing in my PhD thesis next month! Okay – I hadn’t thought about it like that until I just typed that and now I’m stressing […]Read More ThesisLife: 4 weeks down, 8 weeks to go
I have kissed goodbye to those long days in the lab as a PhD student, which at the moment I am SO grateful about! Why? Well, I’m not gunna lie but those last few weeks, months perhaps, were tough! I worked my ass off to finish everything up in time for me to leave the […]Read More A day in the life of a PhD student. The Final Year edition.
It only seems like yesterday that I got home from my PhD interview. A two and a half hour drive back to literally walk through the door and my phone starts ringing. A phone call from my now PhD supervisor offering my my PhD position. Now – I only have three months left before I […]Read More A PhD update: 3 months to go
What are you passionate about? I am really passionate about breaking down the barriers between scientists and the public and inspiring everyone to always be curious and embrace their inner scientist. This year I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone a little – no, A LOT! – and getting involved in some science outreach […]Read More Scientist in the Spotlight. Helena P.
So, you might have noticed that recently I took a little digital detox. I stepped away from social media for a little while for various reasons – I felt huge pressure to be posting daily to keep up engagement and trying to grow my following which led me to take some shortcuts that I am […]Read More Things I learnt about myself during my digital detox.
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 as a PhD student is ticking away. It’s ticking away far quicker than I want it to be. It seems like only last week that I was writing and preparing my previous update at 8 months to go back in January. Now, the thesis submission deadline is at just 6 months! So, I […]Read More A PhD update: 6 months to go
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
February is a month all about the heart. So, in celebration I am bringing another feature in the segment I love; Scientist in the Spotlight. And this month I’m bringing a quick fire feature with an awesome researcher from Toronto, Canada. So, without further a do, I am thrilled to introduce you to Stanley Z. […]Read More Scientist in the Spotlight. Stanley Z.