April Reflections

  It didn’t snow at all in the whole month of April, and Highland Park has been blooming like crazy! It’s been so beautiful around here for the past couple of weeks. For the month of April, I wanted to be a better scientist and be more rounded as an individual. And here’s my progress:…

March Reflection

Since it snowed every other day in March, here are some of the snowy pictures I took around my neighborhood. I had a lot good intentions going into March, but with spring break right in the middle, things didn’t really pick up until after spring break. I started going to the gym and reading more. During…

February Reflections

Considering my lab-less situation, these three photos described my February most accurately. The first half of February was another step towards me being a more centered, productive person, but I backpedaled in the second part (starting with my birthday celebration that dragged on for way too long). However, I want March to be the month…

January Reflection

I know I’m about a week late with my January reflection, but here goes… Productive habits that I got into for January: Read during breakfast (how I got through 2 books!) Almond milk with breakfast Meal prepped Fruits with every meal Exercise at least 3x a week through a combination of yoga, ballet, and barre…

New Year Resolutions: 2018

STAY UNDER BUDGET Eat out only once a week Record spending daily Balance budget biweekly Don’t buy things full priced STAY HEALTHY Eat 3 full meals a day Eat fruits and/or veggies everyday Cook more: meal prep for the week Exercise at least once a week BE MORE PRESENT Read books during breakfast Stay off…

1st Year Reflection

A bit more than a year ago, I posted my goals for my first year of grad school. Here’s an update on those goals: Accomplished: Improve public speaking skills: This involves zero effort on my part. My fall semester consisted of a technique class that required groups to present different figures in the paper every week….

Qualifying exams

I PASSED MY QUALIFYING EXAMS!!! So I figured I might as well reflect upon my experience, and hopefully this will help other biosciences grad students as well. For those not familiar with 1st year quals, it’s an additional stepping stone before we take our more commonly known 2nd year quals, which all program should have. For…

Sunday, 05.14.17

I spent this whole week planning out my experiments. This portion involves the monitoring of algal growth and lipid production, which is stuff I’m familiar with. I’ve been running practice readings this week and going over my old protocols for these procedures. The part after this is going to be very photosystem II-oriented, which is…

Summer Goals

Tuesday, 05.09.17 Classes have ended last Thursday, but yesterday marked the day I turned in my last assignment for this semester! It feels amazing to be done with everything! So, from now until the release of the qualifying papers on May 25th, I will just have lab during the day and nothing at night. Given the…

Saturday, 05.06.17

At the beginning of this week, I expressed frustration at my current and only task in lab: literature reading. It was so frustrating to read and read and read about one particular topic and to come up with something novel and work off of it. Yes, that is in the job description of a graduate…

Highland Park in the Spring

Thursday, 04.27.17 I’ve recently developed a small, but quickly growing, obsession with Highland Park, a small borough with two sides surrounded by the Raritan River. It has an quaint, old-town vibe with one main street running through the entire borough and small, residential streets orthogonally branching away from it: one side going towards Donaldson Park, which borders…

Friday, 04.14.17

Today is the day I officially join the Dismukes Lab! I’ve been in lab since this Monday, but the paperwork has just been finalized today. It’s pretty exciting. I feel very relieved to have found a lab to settle in and will no longer be rotating. Here’s a brief overview of this week, starting with the…