This June has been one of the busiest months since I started my PhD. The major stressor was the writing of my second-year report. In the UK, PhD lasts only 4 years, including submission of the thesis. This is a privilege that most students in other countries don’t have as we know exactly when our PhD will come to an end (and this will also spare us from an eternal PhD). Good news here, however, to make sure we stay on track, we go through annual reviews and we have to write down a report with all the work we’ve done during the year.
This article was originally published by Chemistry World, the official magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It’s a collection of interviews of scholars suffering from depression. The last interview is my story of doind reseach and struggling with mental health. Myself and Michelle Scire are the people in the featured picture
The high rate of mental health problems in postgraduates needs an urgent solution
My second year started after failing my first year. I was a lot nervous and while trying to fix my report, I also had to move house. This came in a very bad period when my old supervisor left the country (thank God) and I also had to join another lab to carry on going with my research. I felt really alone and I was struggling a lot with depression. This is when I made the decision to see a counsellor to help me dealing with the stress and anxiety.
Continue reading “Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD”
The Women in Tech, an America association that brings together successful female entrepreneurs asked me to cooperate with them and record a video-tutorial to promote women in science and tech. The first part covers the use of social media for personal branding and the second one focuses on my idea of a woman of success.
I still feel overwhelmed by this collaboration. They always portrait successful entrepreneurs and millionaire women and they also asked me, who I am still in school, to collaborate with them. This is unbelievable.
EMPOWERED WOMAN EMPOWERS WOMEN
I hate plastic.
It’s polluting our environment and destroying marine life. I recently wrote an article about Ooho, an edible and biodegradable membrane, which will hopefully substitute single-use plastic. I will now share a few items that I bought to improve sustainability and help the only planet we have to live and last longer.
Here the list: (click the link to buy these items on Amazon)
Continue reading “All the plastic-free items I bought”
One of the major issues in academia arose in 2017 was sexual harassment.
In the wake of #MeToo, women from within various fields have come together to share stories of their abusive experiences collectively. To reveal the scale of the problem in academia, Karen Kelsky, a former professor, created her anonymous survey that chronicles the extent of sexual harassment inside the wall of the ivory tower. The document, created on 1st Dec 2017 has gained more than 1,600 entries in less than a fortnight.
Continue reading “Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.”
The original version of this article can be found on the storiesinscience.org website.
How my PhD Training is empowering me
Story Key Points
- Keep an open mind about academia
- Seeking for non-traditional paths after graduation is not a failure
- Extra-curricular activities are not waste of time
Growing up, I was fascinated by atoms, acids, bases, and basically any chemical reaction. I knew by the age of 13 that my passion was in chemistry. At school, I participated in anything that was related to chemistry and ended up doing exceptionally well during high school and college. I often won scholarships and prizes for being a model student, which made my teachers, family, and friends proud of me. I never doubted my future career. I was sure that I wanted to do a PhD so I could become an academic educator and researcher.
This article has been written in collaboration with Susanna Park, she blogs at sujanee.com and you find her on Instagram @sujanee
A vaccine is something we put in our bodies that looks like or has a tiny part of the ‘microbe’ that produces a disease. When we introduce it in our body, the immune system produces the right antibodies to fight it. The immune system also is quite smart and “remember” this, so that it is able to recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that show up later on.
“Sometimes I feel I’m gonna break down and cry”
It sounds like you, right? You are no longer enjoying going to work, eventually throwing up on the street. You maybe experienced some panic attack while sampling, or wanted to smash your laboratory. You even thought that if you stayed at home for a couple of months, nobody would have noticed and/or given a shit. Your mentor doesn’t answer your emails while your colleagues/friends/lovers go drinking beer with their supervisors. You are probably thinking about quitting.
According to the National Centre of Health, more than one-third of Americans are obese, around 37% of the population. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008; the medical costs for people who have obesity were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
The UK is the most obese country in western Europe, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In fact, around 27.5% of the adult population is obese. It is estimated that the NHS in England spent £6.1 billion on overweight and obesity-related ill-health in 2014 to 2015.
Continue reading “The sugar tax to tackle a social epidemy: Obesity”
The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex is a giant island of plastic in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. The patch is made of plastic, chemical sludge and other debris trapped by the current of the North Pacific Gyre. The size of the patch is unknown. Estimates of size range from 700000 square kilometres (about the size of Texas) to more than 15,000,000 square kilometres (about the size of Russia).