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 :)

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 […]

Networking made easy in 5 Dos
Networking made easy in 5 Dos
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1) Have a business card ready The more creative the business card design, the better. I remember this one business card I collected at an African Women conference. I couldn’t put it away after saving the details. It looked so good sitting on my desk, I couldn’t let it go. This of course meant that every morning, […]

Advice for Young Academics …
Advice for Young Academics …
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Trending on Twitter today… make sure you find your GEMS in the ROUGH below… #AdviceForYoungAcademics Much of what you’re told is ‘policy’ is myth to prevent innovation and change – do your research – bust the myths — Sonia Hendy-Isaac (@SoniaHendyIsaac) February 10, 2015 Having a family and being an academic are not incompatible. Stick […]

5 Style Tips for a Presentation
5 Style Tips for a Presentation
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Presentations in the classroom, boardroom, or conference hall can be nerve-racking. The least you can do after racking up confidence from your competence, is to pull some extra from your outfit. Like Style Confidante says, “match your presence with your performance”!

“write in your voice”, But What does it mean?
“write in your voice”, But What does it mean?
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Guardian UK published a viral article on The Key to a Successful PhD: Write in Your Own Voice. Honestly, this is easier said than done! If I were to take this advice verbatim, I would be writing my thesis like a blog post. We all know that is one way to ask for trouble with the […]