It’s the Tennessee Volunteers’ first week of Fall semester 2013! The campus is full of students back from summer break, class syllabi have been handed out, and that first homework assignment has been assigned…ug. But hey, at least we get discounted football tickets right? This being my eighteenth first day of a new school year (chyah, I know), there was a lot that felt very familiar. It honestly feels like just a few months ago that I was starting my own first day on a college campus, in a huge lecture hall, alongside 200 other nervous faces. College is hard! Everyone always says there are a few things they wish they knew then to help make the transition from high school into college a little easier. Hopefully a few of these tips come in handy!
As a millennial, and a college student, I am completely comfortable admitting that I have ZERO patience for technology when it does not instantly offer endless information at my fingertips. Imagine my frustration, and surprise really, when a quick Google search resulted in absolutely NOTHING on the topic of “advice for a graduate student in the sciences, pursuing an interdisciplinary degree through a joint program with a national lab”. Okay, okay…I did eventually realize how niche that sounded. Enter: final bit of motivation to start my first ever blog!
Welcome to Think Like a Postdoc. If you're a fan of science as much as I am, and/or are curious about getting a degree in a STEM field, or pursuing an interdisciplinary graduate degree (all from the perspective of a graduate student), then you're in the right place. Think Like a Postdoc also includes posts about my current lab and field research, including analytical chemistry, Arctic biogeochemistry, and energy & environmental policy. Comments and questions are always welcomed. And please tell me what you want to hear about next!
Questions to Ask Before Choosing Grad Program
First Semester of Grad School
Field Work in Alaska
Science Conference Dos and Don'ts
Women in STEM Series
Things I've Learned in Grad School Series
Blogs I Follow
Mass Spectrometry Blog
The Grad Student Way
Anthony's Science Blog
The Thesis Whisperer
Fossils and Shit
Science Communication Breakdown
Science Communication Media
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