The day of my PhD defense felt like Christmas to me. I couldn’t wait and I was so excited. In this piece I share some tips and tricks on how to approach your defense with a positive mindset and make this day as special as it deserves.
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!