Dating advice for grad students

Make a date with yourself first by picking one or two activities outside of academia where you can meet people.

Be clear with your dating partners about your time constraints—and patient when it comes to theirs. The problem with dating people in your field is that you get sucked into the vortex of kvetching about your thesis, adviser, or students.

Within academe, there’s a huge stigma around mental health issues such as depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s regular column on Vitae gives a lot of excellent advice on how to treat your colleagues fairly if they have psychiatric disabilities.

Colleges in the United States started having co-ed residence halls back in the 1970s, and today, about 90% of all schools have at least one co-ed dorm building.

From a senior Ph D student to a starting Ph D student, this is the graduate school advice nobody will tell you but that you need to succeed and get your Ph D title. This is my graduate school advice for new Ph D students. People are trying to change the game with Open Access, Open Data, Open Science, and writing their results in blogs (if you do not have one, start a science blog right now).

We all join graduate school with rainbows and butterfly ideas in our minds. Assuming that you want to finish your Ph D and become a “doctor”, you have to publish peer reviewed articles. These are all very needed initiatives that are changing the scientific game. You will be lost in the middle of an ocean of uncertainty.

Focusing on constant little progress helps more than evaluating if a bigger goal has been achieved. One, you realise a bit, just a bit, too late that this is not going to work.

Something that worked for me was to start your science blog and share with others my experiences (see how a science blog saved my Ph D). If you need help starting a science blog and growing your academic footprint check our videotutorial. Such a waste of time for going away without a Ph D tittle. Seriously, do you really need 5 years to decide you won’t have enough results and papers to defend your thesis?

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