This week me and my summer student got some interesting data. Her first thoughts were ‘oh no, what have I done wrong’- when I asked her about this I found that in her undergrad most of the experiments they do are designed to give perfect data all the time. If your data comes out bad- you have done something wrong. Science research however, does not work like this.
Anxiety ebbs and flows. One week you can feel super chilled, and the next feel on the edge all of the time. This week I am on the edge.
After 3 whole months away from the lab, I have returned.Continue reading “The PhD Returns: Life after the internship”
Many of us doing a Science PhD will now be enrolled on four year courses, and as part of these courses you get the chance to do a 3 month internship.
Two of the most common PhDs formats in science are:Continue reading “The Internship”
Have you ever had a panic attack? Maybe you have seen someone having one?
For those who haven’t had a panic attack- be glad. They are weird things.
This week I had a conference to go to in London. As a PhD student conferences are pretty common, but dealing with anxiety can make them less enjoyable than they should be, and more challenging than expected!
For the past 9 weeks I have been attending a CBT course run by the wellbeing service. This has been unbelievably beneficial to me- Not only do I now have a fab support network from my group, but I have also learned new ways to cope with anxiety and stress.
There is something lurking in the background of many labs. Anxiety, stress, depression… many people, like me, working in science suffer from mental health issues. When you start talking about it, it’s amazing how many will ‘admit’ to having some form of mental illness too. But, that’s the thing. We shouldn’t have to feel like we are admitting it. There is nothing to be ashamed of. And more than that, we shouldn’t be afraid to discuss it more openly in science.