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Category: Grad School Advice

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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

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I have been given the Sunshine Blog Award –

The Sunshine blog award is a peer-nominated award given to bloggers who write positive, creative and inspiring content. Amanda Coletti, founder of The Illuminated Brain nominated me and I will use this space to talk a bit more about me and my favourite blogs. My blog is closely related to my Instagram page @phd_to_success I am more active on IG as it takes less … Read More I have been given the Sunshine Blog Award –

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How to write a scientific report

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 … Read More How to write a scientific report

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Making mental health a priority

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 … Read More Making mental health a priority

Collaboration with the Women in Tech

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 … Read More Collaboration with the Women in Tech

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Depression and anxiety due to academic life

“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. … Read More Depression and anxiety due to academic life

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Interview with the Godmother of the Silicon Beach: Cam Kashani

Cameron Kashani is an Iranian-American entrepreneur, the founder of COACCEL, the Human Accelerator, and the co-founder of Coloft, the first co-working space in Los Angeles for technology startups and entrepreneurs. She was featured in Forbes and other magazines as one of the most inspirational women in technology. She earned the title of Godmother of the Silicon Beach, and her enterprise, COACCEL, trained more than 4000 Entrepreneurs and 700 … Read More Interview with the Godmother of the Silicon Beach: Cam Kashani

Why it is important to acquire transferable skills. Life beyond PhD

Long a while ago a wrote two articles which were the manifesto of my PhD advocacy commitment: The first one life beyond PhD, the other one about transferable skills gained during a PhD. I will explore this topic a bit more today. I am fortunate enough to be part of a PhD programme designed in partnership with industries. Part of my PhD is also … Read More Why it is important to acquire transferable skills. Life beyond PhD