PhD Grind: I’m so Extra?? 

Random but important !!

Don’t ever let people make you feel bad for spending time on your notes/making your notes look more etc. Our even something you’re doing in your current endeavors. So many times I’ve had people say ‘that’s a waste of time’ or ‘you’re so extra’ and it just like….. Wtf. 

If spending an extra 2-5 minutes to make your notes look a little organize is going to help you learn them better, or even if it just makes studying tolerable then that’s okay??? Keep doing it!! 

There’s honestly no worse people than the people who will try and make you feel bad about doing something you want to do. 

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Is Majoring In Biology Really Hard?

I get few emails and DMs asking if pursuing a Biology degree is really hard. The fact is it all depends, let me explain. Majoring in Biology is something you must want to do and not something you kind of want to do. That should be applied to everything you do in life, but definitely when you’re talking about getting a degree in a science or engineer program. Why? Because getting a degree in these fields require a lot of dedication and self-sacrifice to get. If you’re more worried about partying it up in college every chance you get don’t even attempt to try to obtain a degree.

Biology is a subject that you must retain information that must be learn. You can’t go through college just memorizing stuff here and there. You have to be able to use your understanding to formulate or solve problems in hypothetical situations. On the college level, be prepared for very technical material and lots of hard work.

I can’t stress enough to put in the hours studying. Most likely you’ll only will have to take four or five test a semester for a class. If you’re taking a class and not doing the lab that corresponds with the course, you’re doing it wrong. I can’t tell you how many times I didn’t get something in class, but when I did it in the lab it all made sense. Also be active with your professors. They might have other learning material or references that will help you. Get involve in the biology club and other events. There you can meet new people and can form up study groups and be strong support system for each other.

Obtaining a biology degree is quite the challenge. It was for me anyways, but it’s so worth it. Now I’m working in a research lab while obtaining my masters. The truth is the learning will never stop. Science is always ever changing and you have to stay in top on things.

So relax, study hard, stay dedicated and continuing to dream of where you going to be after you obtain the degree. Choose easy electives to help bump up your GPA. People from all over the world from different walks of life are able to obtain the degree. There’s no reason you can’t. The biggest thing is to believe in yourself and dream of where that degree can take you.

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Grad School Probs Vol. 3

WHAT I THINK POST DOC DEGREE GOING TO BE LIKE VS WHAT IT MOST LIKELY BE LIKE

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WHEN THE LECTUER IS THE MOST BORING PERSON EVER

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WHEN I FINALLY GET A BREAK FROM WORK, THE GRAD SCHOOL GRIND AND ADULT RESPONSIBILITIES 

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HOW I FEEL WHEN I CHOOSE ACADEMICS OVER BEING A DRUG LORD

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WHEN UNDERGRADS HIT ON ME 

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Biology Questiones I Get Asked That Make Me Facepalm!

One thing I don’t like doing is talking about my job or academic subjects that involves my grad school courses because they already take up an enormous part of my life. When I’m out and about I want to do/talk something that’s completely unrelated. However, one of the 1st questions you’ll get asked when meeting someone new is: What do you do for a living? And here is when I give a gentle smile and tell the induvial I do research for a university, and pray I don’t get bombarded with crazy questions. Just to be clear, I’m not the type to put people beneath me because I think my job is more “prestigious” than others, but lately though I’ve been getting some crazy questions. Mind you that most of these questions comes from when I’m at a bar downtown with my friends watching football games or hanging out, but here are some of my favorite questions I got asked before.

A man around his 40s asked “That’s amazing my dude… Tell me though. What’s the boiling point for semen?” I literally almost spit up my vodka. What kind of research do you actually think I do at the uni?! What really got me is that this guy acted like he was genuinely offended that I didn’t know this and questioned my whole existence as a biologist. Put down that martini. That’s enough alcohol for you old man.

This girl that claims she was in human anatomy was talking about baby gender determination. It all went downhill when she asked this question. “If two lesbians have a baby, does it automatically come out as a girl?” At first, I was totally convinced that this girl was trolling me, but it became clear that she was dead serious when she was cursing me out and getting red because I told her that two lesbians can’t have a child because an egg and an egg can’t produce an offspring. Till this day I’m still confused on what the fuck happened back then.

At one of my coworker’s party I was describing how to do simple stoichiometry for finding out how much of a particular chemical is produced in some cycle. He then asked. “Oh wait! So .5 and a half are the same thing?” ……. Why yes ….Yes it is…Mr. Lawyer guy.

Anyways. That’s three that I find myself still shaking my head over. Sometimes very interesting conversations can come up, but not in these cases.

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Grad School Probs Vol. 2

THE REPLY YOU SEND TO YOUR UNDERGRADS WHEN THEY EMAIL YOU WANTING TO HANG OUT

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WHEN EVERYONE WANNA GO OUT OF TOWN FOR THE WEEKEND AND YOUR JUST LIKE

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TRYING TO TALK SEXY TO YOU SIGNIFICANT OTHER AFTER A 13HR DAY OF WORK AND COURSEWORK

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YOU AND YOUR GRAD SCHOOL CLASSMATES MOTTO

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WHEN YOUR UNDERGRADUATE/INTERN GETS SOMETHING WRONG FROM ANOTHER PROFESSOR

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Grad School Probs Vol. 1

When asked what part of the PhD process gives me anxiety.

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3AM and im in the zone writing my thesis.

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When your findings after a research goes against the current facts set in place.tumblr_mrdjrs2fh81srb4uqo1_400

The struggle for motivation is REAL!

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The weekend when your group gets a 90+ on a group project

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Sorry for the absentee, but I’ve been busy!

This week I have been getting DMs and emails wondering if I have quit blogging. The answer to that is I have not quit, I’ve been really busy, and it’s also why I haven’t been tweeting much of late. Since grad school classes began I just don’t have time. Currently, I’m writing this blog post while at work, and not on my free time. Here’s a look into my schedule Mon-Fri.

5:30am: Wake up, grab my pre-workout smoothie I made the night before and head out to the box (Crossfit)

6am-7:30: Crossfit workout

7:30am-9am: Morning hygiene, breakfast, get to uni for work.

9am-5pm: Work doing research and mentoring interns.

5pm-7pm: Grad school classes/study

7pm-10pm: Personal/friend/nightlife time, hygiene, study for army aviation test, get ready for tomorrow.

Please note that I’m horrible at going to bed on time. In a perfect world, I would like to be in bed eyes shut by 10pm, but between hanging out, and silly stuff like group texts it’s usually way later. This past week I’ve been going to bed around 12. My days are long, but It’s filled with stuff that I love to do and goals I want to achieve, so it’s worth losing sleep over.

And there you have it! I’m going to try and blog more. I still have to do last month loot crate box and stuff. I will try and get to them. Thanks for the concern, but you guys can’t get rid of me yet.

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