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!
I mean, I thought I wanted to start one in high school, but doesn't everyone? The next time I entertained the idea wasn't until a couple of months ago when someone suggested it would be a good way to practice writing about science, and that other students might be interested in hearing about my experiences.
BUT, there are plenty of blogs, advice columns, articles, and books out there on the subject of how to get through graduate school. And, since there are also plenty of places to find scientists droning on about their own super-interesting, super-important science (I’ll explain later), I’m not going to do only that either ;). My hope is that this will be an informal place for discussion about, literally, anything having to do with science or education in the sciences. And since I've been an athlete my entire life, I definitely plan to share how practices, coaches, teammates, and tournament schedules have helped shape my science career as well. Lastly, it wouldn't be a blog without a rant or two, right? Still not sure if you’re interested in reading more? Let me be a tiny bit more specific…
Unsure of what you're interested in but constantly ask "How?", "Why?", and "What can I do to figure that out?" Do you absolutely love your AP chemistry teacher and think that you might want to major in science in college? Or, did you make that decision already, and now you are second guessing it because of that awful prof you have at 8am every Monday? How about all of you who have made it past the boring lectures, finished your labs, and taken the GREs, and are asking...now what? And, finally, for those of you starting, or thinking about starting, an interdisciplinary graduate degree at a national lab, I’ll share my experiences navigating those waters as well. So, without further ado, let’s get this thing started!
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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