The face of a scientist trying to manage five (six?) experiments all at once and trying to make it seem effortless.
Burnout is super common among grad students, because of the pressure to compete and succeed bundled with the unusual hours we tend to work. I personally try to keep weekends as a time to relax and unwind, but even I can't stop the siren song of "the faster you work, the faster you get out, come on! Work all day Saturday!"
What do you all do to prevent lab burnout? .
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy I have all this data to collect all of a sudden, but man am I going to need the weekend to come sooner 😪 (and for it to be a real weekend)
🎊Your girl won a prestigious #scipol award this week!🎉
The American Institute for Biological Sciences (#aibs ) awards two graduate students who exhibit promise in science communication and science policy the Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award, and I was chosen this year! This means I get to go back to DC for a week to speak with elected officials on the hill, esteemed members of the AIBS, and fellow Science Policy enthusiasts! (I feel like I've announced this on every other social media website first, but that because I couldn't get a good enough picture to post 🙈) #gradlife#gradstudent#phdlife#lablife#phdstudent#womeninstem#womeninscience#steminist ...
Kitten cuddles are the best way to celebrate taking the last anatomy exam of vet school!!! 🎉🐈❤️ ...
I just finished applying for a summer school! It's about the cognitive neuroscience of sleep (and dreams), and since I'll probably be analysing some data of brain activity during sleep, this course would come in quite handy for me. Fingers crossed that I'll get accepted.
Also, I'd love to talk to my 15-year old self right now , who fell in love with psychology / neuroscience when working on a school project on the different sleep stages and how they are accompanied by changes in brain activity.
I'd be lying if I would tell you that my interest in the neuroscience of sleep got me to this point of my education and career , because so many other interesting things popped up along the way and kept me going. But it's interesting to see how I keep orbiting around that topic.
Anyhow, happy Wednesday you all! And let me know if there are any topics that you keep coming back to in your area of research / study.
Grad School: A Trustfall to No One.
Okay, this might come across pretty pessimistic. But we also see it as really good advice for graduate school, other parts of Academia, or really just life in general.
First, what is a Trustfall? You know those sometimes annoying team building activities? Well, a Trustfall is when you close your eyes and fall backwards towards a teammate or a group of teammates. It's an exercise in trusting others to support you.
In grad school, there might be support structures to help you, but nobody else is really going to take responsibility for your success. Except for yourself. To get through grad school, you need to learn to trust yourself to fall, to fail, and to get right back up.
That's not to say that you can't build a team to help catch you and bring you back up to your feet!
This week's #selfcaresaturday tip is to surround yourself with people who want you to succeed. Sometimes self-care means finding others that can help you care for yourself.
So let us know in the comments below: who is on your team? Who helps you get back up, or even helps you avoid hitting the floor when you fall back in school or in research?
I went to the store for TP + soap and left with only those items!!!
I call that a win!
I always have the idea of picking up a beer or some other item that may not be healthy for my mind or my budget.
Today was different.
It’s been since summer 2018 that I found the #debtfreecommunity . Since then I have tracked my spending (to my own horror), have cleared my cc balance consistently, and reorganized my accounts so they have clarity.
I have tried apps like @firstname.lastname@example.org and others. Still figuring out my stride.
What’s important is personal accountability, clarity of goals, and reasons for them out front. I feel better at large strides but for now #babysteps .
I will own my degree in full.
I LOVE that this graphic exists! It highlights a very serious issue, one in which I was recently discussing at length with my gf @holly__gilbert and our continued frustration.
There is still an extreme amount of stigma surrounding mental health and seeking therapeutic support. The use of mental illnesses as adjectives in daily language perpetuates the negative culture towards mental illnesses. And it’s not okay.
Mental illnesses are real-life disorders that can be debilitating, cause harm, and can be life-threatening.
^You don’t have generalized anxiety disorder when facing situational concern over a routine exam.
^The weather isn’t bipolar.
^You aren’t OCD bc you like your towels folded a certain way.
When we use language to describe a negative or unpleasant situation with mental illness labels, we continue to minimize the experiences of individuals who actually live and struggle with these illnesses daily, and further deepen the negative cycle of stigma in the mental health field.
For some, this is habit, but it’s easy to remove the habit if you work to be intentional and utilize conscious language. I’m super guilty of telling my dogs they’re being psycho and I need to stop, immediately. Let’s change the language and work to normalize mental illnesses and seeking therapeutic support together!
Graphic and post inspo: @gmf.designs ...