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Category: Grad School Advice

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Professional Business Networking as An Introvert.

We have been always told to be chatty and engaging during business events, such as conferences, meetings, job fairs. But how do you do it when you are a shy person, probably cracking with anxiety, or you are an inexperienced young researcher among loads of seasoned scientists? I might come across as a confident person, but really, I am not. I have been suffering … Read More Professional Business Networking as An Introvert.

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Interview to success – Soph Cook: scientist, fashion blogger and influencer

If you are new to my blog, let me introduce one of my favourite pages which is the Interview to Success. My blog is a space where people can learn how to be successful in gradschool, which doesn’t necessarily mean publishing 5 papers, doing a postdoc after graduation or being the smartest kids of the class. Success is a personal achievement and everyone enrolled … Read More Interview to success – Soph Cook: scientist, fashion blogger and influencer

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Join me in the November self-care challenge

This is the time of the year when the vast majority of grad students start a self-analysis on what’s been over the year. 2018 is almost gone, Christmas decorations are round the corner but we aren’t quite there yet, daylight is a privilege the Northen European countries. So what’s the best time of the year to start a self-care challenge and make it a … Read More Join me in the November self-care challenge

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Self-care in GradSchool – Ideas for the WeekEnd

How do you make sure to take care for yourself while doing a PhD? Some students are so overwhelmed with research, teaching, supervising that the only moment they can totally dedicate to their research is the weekend. Most of them work outside the working hours, after 6pm almost every day and forget to eat well, exercise, relax or enjoying time with their friends.

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The most important choice of your PhD – Choosing your PI and group

The most important choice of your PhD – Choosing your PI and group. How to choose your supervisor? This is really something is whish someone would have told me before starting this PhD. My PhD is quite different from any other programme most people are enrolled. I was hired by the University, but I didn’t have a supervisor. The first semester was a master … Read More The most important choice of your PhD – Choosing your PI and group

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Inferior – a book which dismantles all the prejudices against women

I have recently come across the book Inferior written by Angela Siani. It was advertised by one of my friends, Mafalda, who I connected through Instagram and had the pleasure to meet in person in London. The book isn’t enjoyable but a must a read for every woman who doesn’t want to accept the rules that society imposed on women. The book is highly … Read More Inferior – a book which dismantles all the prejudices against women

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How to apply for a PhD programme in UK

September has been an intense month both on PhD and personal life. I recently gave a presentation on my research and it was the first time that I did it. It was quite an experience. I was a lot under pressure to show everyone that besides the social media, I actually do good science too. Many people ask me about my PhD and what … Read More How to apply for a PhD programme in UK

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How to deal with anxiety in grad school

I have been asked to talk about the way I deal with anxiety in grad school. Since this is a problem affecting many students, I think it’s worth sharing my experience and help others who struggle during their PhD. Constant deadlines, oral presentations, journal clubs, poster presentation, financial difficulties, teaching, demonstrating in the undergrad labs, keeping up with the literature, doing experiments, analysing data, … Read More How to deal with anxiety in grad school

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Myself and socialmedia – An investment for the future

Last year, with the aim to promote myself professionally, I decided to turn this website in a diary of my PhD experience and tell about the good and the bad of this journey. I started sharing my blog post about life beyond PhD and marketing yourself on LinkedIn, Facebook student groups and Twitter with a modest response. I struggled a lot to find my … Read More Myself and socialmedia – An investment for the future

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How to be an international student – PhD life

As many of you know, I am an Italian student in UK. I did my undergrad and master in Italy and moved in the UK in 2015. I have been living here for almost 3 years now and I am approaching the last year of my PhD. Hopefully, I will graduate next year and I will have got my 3rd degree and reached the … Read More How to be an international student – PhD life

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How to write a literature review

AIf you follow me and my PhD adventures, you might know already that I have just passed the exam for the second year of my PhD. Back in June, I submitted a written report and had to discuss it a few days ago to confirmed that I did do all the work and test my general knowledge of chemistry. I rocked it and I … Read More How to write a literature review

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Every Other Thursday – Stories and Strategies from successful women scientists

In 1970, when women were seriously underrepresented in science and if you were a professor at the university, you’d be the only female academic in that department, 8 women gathered together to solve female issues as a group. The group didn’t only give professional but also personal support. After doing group for 25 years, the organiser Daniel decided to put this book together as … Read More Every Other Thursday – Stories and Strategies from successful women scientists