Lifestyle

The lifestyle of an academic is quite different from a 9-to-5er. This category details the lifestyle of a grad student and a researcher… crazy deadlines, but we make it happen :)

Academic Maternity Closet on a budget
Academic Maternity Closet on a budget
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By Shakira Quiñones | I became pregnant for the first (and so far only) time when I was a PhD student. Although this pregnancy was planned and very wanted, I couldn’t help but worry about my research: would I complete my classes on time, would postponing my fieldwork ruin my work flow and really cut my time…Which […]

5 Academic Valentine Gift Ideas
5 Academic Valentine Gift Ideas
by | Lifestyle

Married to or in love with an academic and have no idea what would make your significant other tick this valentine? I just might have a few ideas that would save the day, but follow the manual carefully ha! We had a bit of brainstorming at the SA office about what gift ideas would most […]

Yoga & Academia – Eva’s Story
Yoga & Academia – Eva’s Story
by | Lifestyle

By Dr Eva Lantsoght Yoga and I, we go a long way back. It all started 15 years ago, when my best friend started practicing, and I could barely touch my knees in a forward fold (not exaggerating). There were no yoga schools in our area, but my friend had borrowed books about it from […]

Face your Fears
Face your Fears
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|By Dr Nadine Muller I’ve been trying to make this thought sound less dramatic, but somehow “Get Comfortable with Discomfort” didn’t quite sound right, and also vaguely reminded me of adverts for constipation remedies. The reason I was looking for a better phrase is that this note isn’t really about what I’d call “fears”. It’s […]

A Week in the Life of a Girl Scientist
A Week in the Life of a Girl Scientist
by | Lifestyle

Hi everyone! I’m Furaha Asani, a full-time PhD student in Infection & Immunity at the medical school, University of Sheffield. I am investigating subtle immune defects in individuals at risk of pneumoccoal disease (HIV+ individuals, and haematological malignancy patients). My research involves direct interaction with medical personnel and patients, and of course, loads of laboratory […]

How about a long-distance PhD?
How about a long-distance PhD?
by | Lifestyle

The decision to pursue a PhD is not an easy one, more so for those already immersed in the world of work and making good money; the newly weds; or those who now have kids to think about. For these groups of people and others, to become a “student on a budget” again, or have to […]

Oh boy, the PhD is not easy!
Oh boy, the PhD is not easy!
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By Dr Michael Irene| Trust me when I say this, PhD is hard. When, in January 2012, I started the program, I didn’t anticipate what was coming. In November of the same year, a shocker came: my first supervisor resigned without informing me, and a new one was assigned. The new supervisor read my work […]

Declutter your wardrobe in 3 easy steps
Declutter your wardrobe in 3 easy steps
by | Lifestyle

It’s amazing how much clutter we amass over time. The wardrobe is filled to the brim and bursting at the seams, but when it’s time to get dressed for work, there is nothing to wear. If that scenario is familiar, you are not alone. I recently had to move rooms within my house (long story!) […]

The Magic of Deadlines
The Magic of Deadlines
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By Michelle Reeve | Love ’em or hate ’em, deadlines play an important role in academia. As much as they sometimes scare me, I personally enjoy working to deadlines, particularly if they’re set by something or someone else (i.e. not self-imposed – I’m not strict enough on myself to work well to those!). Without deadlines, my […]

#EditorDiary | A Wifi-Free Home…
#EditorDiary | A Wifi-Free Home…
by | Lifestyle

For weeks now my home has been without Internet Wi-Fi service. It’s impact on my lifestyle and productivity has been tremendous, yet its remains a pain in the backside. I have not been totally without Internet access. My generous mobile service provider grants me unlimited data, so I do have some remedy, but this hurts. […]