Although academia is, by industry standards, a pretty relaxed environment, certain difficult situations may require you to write formal emails at times of high stress and deep frustration. This can be a daunting task with high stakes, so here are some tips to help you communicate your message most effectively.
Are you tired of writing the same lines of code to prettify your matplotlib every time you make a plot? Are you trying to find a semi-productive activity to delay returning to your actual responsibilities for another 10 to 15 minutes?
If the answer the either or both of these questions is, LET’S MAKE A STYLE SHEET!
Scientists often have to move for their jobs, sometimes internationally, and a lot of people move alone, leaving their friends and families behind. Given this state of affairs, I am quite surprised that the topic of homesickness does not come up more often, especially since mental health is such a hot topic in science.
So let’s talk about it!
After talking to fellow PhD students I realised that although everyone was familiar with the term “Open Source”, their definitions were neither consistent nor accurate.
This is a quick summary for beginners, to try to tackle these misconceptions.