Remembering our Natives

The 4th of July is a time for American citizens to celebrate the freedom that the original 13 colonies gained in 1776. American families celebrate the federal holiday by watching fireworks, having BBQ parties, seeing family, and sharing laughter. What we fail to recognize is the pain that this day brings to the Native people.... Continue Reading →

How to Support a Grad Student

How can I support you? This is a question my partner asks me whenever I feel helpless, depressed, or anxious. Often times, I don't know how to answer because I struggle to even know what I need in that moment. Being a graduate student is a lot. Very soon you realize that the expectation is... Continue Reading →

Real World Problems: Vaccines

For this week's topic on Real World Problems, I collaborated with PhD to Success (IG: phd_to_success) to discuss vaccines and their role in public health. The role of vaccines in public health A vaccine is something we put in our bodies that looks like or has a tiny part of the ‘microbe’ that produces a disease. When... Continue Reading →

The limit does not exist

As I reflect on my academic journey, I surprise myself on how far I've come. Pursing a PhD has pushed me beyond what I ever imagined I could be capable of. Never did I think I would commit to a lifestyle that is this demanding, emotionally draining, and mentally exhausting. Today, I tackle the challenge... Continue Reading →

Spring Break: Maximize & Recover

After a gruesome winter term, spring break was such an unsettling relief. Unsettling because after my last empirical paper was turned in, it didn't really feel like the end. Unsettling because for the past 10 weeks, I had been on a constant grind and all of the sudden my to-do list for school shrunk from... Continue Reading →

Hi, I’m an imposter.

In my first heavy quantitative methods course, my inadequacy felt like it was always on display. I've had substantially more qualitative training than I have had quantitative, so when I decided to take my first quantitative course, I was nervous AF. For the first 3-4 weeks, each night before this class was a restless one.... Continue Reading →

#PhDTAG: Part 2

Though today's blog post is a continuation of this week's #PhDTAG, today's topic is applicable to those who don't identify as PhD students as well. Finding the Yin to your Yang @jesica_sykes and @bookwormingh both asked: how do you balance a healthy lifestyle/make time for things you love to do without feeling guilty and make... Continue Reading →

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