Academia has a tendency to be glorified. There seems to be a common misconception that professors spend the majority of their time thinking about ideas and discussing them with similarly tweed-clad colleagues for the sake of pursuing knowledge. Although this may have been the case many years ago, it is certainly not the case now. … Continue reading So You Want to Be an Academic…
When I first started writing and taking photos I had the same weird collection of feelings: excitement, confidence, and terror. Excitement because I love creating new things and sharing them, confidence because I believe in what I’m doing, and terror because I was worried that this was the last great idea I would ever have, … Continue reading Why You Won’t Ever Run Out of Ideas
“She’s not dressed like a scientist” “She just doesn’t LOOK like a scientist” “Oh! A scientist! You must be in biology” (No disrespect to biologists here –there are just fewer women in the physical sciences) These comments may seem innocuous, but I promise you, they are infuriating. And what’s worse is that oftentimes they’re often … Continue reading What Does a Scientist Look Like?
We have a tendency to think of habits as a bad thing. I drink too much coffee, I don’t get enough sleep, I eat chocolate every morning before breakfast (just me?). But although we know that not all habits are bad, we tend not to think about goals and career aspirations in terms of creating … Continue reading Creating Positive Habits to Increase Productivity
I’ve had so many different hobbies as an adult and I’m only 27. Writing. Books. Guitar. Dance. Yoga. Writing. Gym. Running. Photography. Writing. And that’s not an exhaustive list. I love learning how to do something new and just becoming completely obsessed with it. It’s just how I work. I love immersing myself in a … Continue reading The Plight of Perpetual Disinterest (Advice Welcome)
Motivation. Honestly that’s why like 50% of the people on here even use Medium. I get it though. Some days you just have it and some days you don’t. But what exactly is it that motivates us? Is it the same for everyone? Is there one, failsafe motivational tactic that we should all be using? … Continue reading How to Find Your Monday Morning Motivation – According to Science
Humans are smart. Like, really smart. We just are. We’ve figured out how to fly, not just across the world but to go to goddamn SPACE. We’ve created mathematical models that accurately describe a huge number of seemingly random natural phenomena, and we are pretty good at predicting what’s going to happen to our planet. … Continue reading We Are So Smart. And yet we fuck literally everything up.
Winners never quit and quitters never win. Never give up. These are the quotes I can remember pasted above the blackboard of my grade 6 classroom like it was yesterday. This ‘no quitting’ sentiment was mirrored by my parents who refused to let me quit whatever childhood activity I started and subsequently realized I hated. … Continue reading When Is It Ok to Quit? No Seriously, I’m Asking.
The number one reason that you won’t achieve your goals is because you won’t ever start. The number two reason is that you won’t finish.* *Note: I have no official statistics on this - it’s just a catchy line Everyone talks about ‘How To Start’ – as if just starting something means that you’ll do … Continue reading Goal Setting and Actually Getting There
As someone who spends a lot of time around professors I’ve had a chance to study their strange, professor-like habits. The absolute last situation you want to find yourself in is one where you’re not sure if you’re trapped in close quarters with an academic; what should you talk about? What should you drink? Where … Continue reading How to Know If You’re Talking to A Professor