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Category: PhD Advocacy

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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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A career in science communication – Anna Zakrisson

If you follow me for a while, you might know already that one of the section of my blog is dedicated to interviewing people inside and outside academia that made their own success from scratch. Please look at the section Interview to Success to check the previous articles. Today, I want to use this space to talk about Anna Zakrisson, a scientist who made her career … Read More A career in science communication – Anna Zakrisson

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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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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

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Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD

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 … Read More Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD

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Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.

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, … Read More Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.

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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

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

PhD and anxiety – Part 2

A while ago, I wrote an article about PhD and mental health issues starting the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone. The outcome was impressive. The article went viral and got around 3500 views. I got so many feedback from people grateful that I shared my experience and came up with solutions. Back then, I encouraged students to seek professional advice and talk to a counsellor. Many universities … Read More PhD and anxiety – Part 2