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 :)

Food, Passions & Academia
Food, Passions & Academia
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By Furaha Asani  Chances are some of us postgrad students and academic researchers don’t really give that much thought to the food we are eating. Not that we don’t care, just that as long as it’s nutritious and/or tasty, it should go down well. Or maybe it’s just me. Regardless of whether you spend weekends […]

5 Academic Valentine Gift Ideas
5 Academic Valentine Gift Ideas
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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
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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 the library and started […]

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
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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?
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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
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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!) […]

#EditorDiary A Wi-fi-Free Home…
#EditorDiary A Wi-fi-Free Home…
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For weeks now my home has been without Internet Wi-Fi service. Its impact on my lifestyle and productivity has been tremendous, yet it remains a pain in the backside.  My generous mobile service provider grants me unlimited data, so I am thankful for small mercies. Being Wi-Fi free at home has done 5 things for […]