4 Secrets to "Doing it All"

4 Secrets to "Doing it All"

I often get asked the question, “How do you do it all?” I must admit that between being a full time doctoral student with three jobs and a clinical rotation keeps me pretty busy, and there are days where even I have no idea how I do all that it is I do. I have learned a thing or two about multitasking and time management, so I thought I would pass on some of helpful tips that help me get through each day.

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I like your four lessons. However I find it hard to think I should bring my work with me everywhere. Aren't there supposed to be... Read More
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3 Helpful Tips for Time Management

3 Helpful Tips for Time Management

Whether it’s in undergraduate or graduate school, students struggle with time management. Some students don’t necessarily go out to parties or procrastinate by socializing constantly, but they allow their work to become back-burner material, second to other organizations on campus, family, friends, and jobs. I have a few tips that should get you on your way to better managing your time.

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Preparing for a Skype Interview: 10 Tips for Success

Preparing for a Skype Interview: 10 Tips for Success

With the economy on the mend, everyone is trying to cut back expenses—including your potential employers and/or graduate committees. Because of this, Skype interviews have become increasingly popular. You’ll want to make sure you present yourself in the best possible light (literally). Here are 10 tips that will ensure you look your best.

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How To Create a Better Graduate Community

How To Create a Better Graduate Community

How many graduate students from your university do you know? Do you only know the names of those in your department? My goal is to push you to desire to know more people who are in the same program as you. Stanford University, as well as many other universities, accomplishes this by maintaining what they call the Graduate Life Office. Visit their site so that you can understand their goals and values. Look for a similar program at your own university. These programs were created for you to network and get to know graduate students in other departments of your university.

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How Do YOU Make Connections?

How Do YOU Make Connections?

Like most of my fellow life science PhDs, I have thought the most about tenure track research positions. Facing the reality that only about 14% of us will end up in those positions, I’ve tried to keep an open mind about the diversity of career outcomes that will enable me to apply my PhD towards. 

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Social Media: What's So Important About it?

Social Media: What's So Important About it?

Whether it’s through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, many students are using more and more sources of social media. It has actually become an important part of some students’ communication with each other and faculty members. Facebook and Twitter connect students to each other through a platform that allows them to post on each other’s wall, tag each other in tweets or pictures, and make connections with old friends from previous school days.

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Advisor Won’t Respond to Your Emails? Avoid Inbox Oblivion with these Seven Tips

Advisor Won’t Respond to Your Emails? Avoid Inbox Oblivion with these Seven Tips

Your graduate advisor is a human being (I have scientific evidence to confirm this…in an unpublished manuscript) and as is common for human beings, they tend to avoid things that are difficult or aversive.  Your long, rambling, obsequious, and convoluted emails with statements disguised as questions and vice-versa qualify as both difficult and aversive to address, and so will be avoided.  

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So You Want to Go to Graduate School?

So You Want to Go to Graduate School?

Going to graduate school has received a bad rap from the people who are in graduate school. If you are an undergraduate who wants to go to grad school or a first-year grad student just starting out, there is no doubt that graduate school is a long-term commitment that involves a lot of hard work. There are plenty of grad school humor websites poking fun at the hopelessness of graduate school, but having an advanced degree opens a lot more doors than having simply a bachelor’s degree or even an associate’s degree.

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How To Find the Right Graduate School For You

How To Find the Right Graduate School For You

Have you begun the agonizing and seemingly never-ending search for the perfect graduate school? Are you avoiding this journey until the very last second? Whichever category you’re in, there’s no need to panic.

If you’re like me and you work best looking at the big picture before starting any project, I suggest reading the PhDStudent website in our “Applying to grad school” section. The article, “Which Graduate School is Right For You?” is a good start for those who want an idea about what the search for your graduate school looks like.

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Welcome to BillG's Blog!

Welcome to BillG's Blog!

This blog will be a place where I will be discussing many aspects of academic life, and share experiences from my previous graduate career at the University of Oregon Institute of Molecular Biology, to my current role as a senior postdoc with both research  (studying Molecular Developmental Biology at Stony Brook University) and teaching (at Brooklyn College) components, and hopefully in the future to describe the search and transition to a tenure track academic position.  

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How Should I Edit My Dissertation?

How Should I Edit My Dissertation?

It’s easy for students to become overwhelmed with writing or editing their dissertation. With such a long document to have to research articles, gather data, and write long pages for, students can feel unmotivated to continue their dissertation process by editing everything they just wrote. Here are a couple of resources for you that mention a few different ways of editing your dissertation:

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Saying No

Saying No

As a therapist in training, I have noticed that a lot of people struggle with saying no. When working with clients, I often talk about the short term gain and long term pain associated with not saying no. In the moment, it is often easier to say no because it avoids the discomfort of confrontation and the guilt many people feel when they turn someone down. In the long run, however, not saying no often creates additional burdens and can lead to feelings of resentment.

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The Imposter Phenomenon

The Imposter Phenomenon

During our graduate orientation, our program director told us, “You may feel like comparing yourself with each other throughout your time here, but let me assure you: compare your success with yourself and no one else. Your success depends on you and you alone.” Even though I remembered this advice, I still found myself comparing myself to others in my program. There always seemed to be the “golden boy” or “golden girl,” whose words were infallible—always prompting praise from professors. I felt I could never measure up to those people, and soon became discouraged. I thought that I didn’t deserve to be in graduate school, and it was sheer luck (or misfortune) that I was there. Sound familiar?

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Single Father

Single Father

I have a confession. A secret that I have kept from almost everyone. I am a single father.

Sometimes, I am up at 2:00 AM giving all of myself to care for this little thing that came into the world through me. Something so small, yet so large to me. This little thing came from me, my blood, my legacy, my heir.

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Funny! I thought it was a real baby until the very end.
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JohnM
Oh trust me, my CV does take up as much time as a baby. I have no idea how people go through graduate school while raising real c... Read More
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Sick

Sick

I’m sick…I have the flu.  Okay, well, I don’t anymore, but a week ago I did. 
My mind automatically wonders back to a conversation I had a few weeks back with my clinical supervisor…

“You know, John, the hospital provides free flu shots for everyone who sees patients here.”
“You know, I haven’t had the flu since I was 9 years old; I think I’ll be fine.”
“You’ve never worked in a hospita."

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JJackson
Sorry to hear that you were sick over the holidays! I was too. Fortunately, I have a great job and didn't miss too much work; I ... Read More
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JohnM
Thank you for your kind words. Here is the sad reality about graduate school (at least for me) - you are always behind. There is... Read More
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sarabrady
Sounds like you had it bad!! I remember being sick (not as bad as you), and I still had to run an experiment. If I didn't run the ... Read More
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