Corporate skills in the PhD: Project pipeline

Corporate skills in the PhD: Project pipeline

I spent 3  years working in a corporate office before I started my PhD.  The corporate world is a different breed of work than the PhD, but many of the skills learned are transferable to a successful PhD.  I will to do a short series on what I learned in my experience in corporate work and how I use these skills every day in my PhD. When you work in a corporate office, common phrases about productivity can be foreign…

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Corporate skills in the PhD: Scheduling

Corporate skills in the PhD: Scheduling

I spent 3  years working in a corporate office before I started my PhD.  The corporate world is a different breed of work than the PhD, but many of the skills learned are transferable to a successful PhD.  I will to do a short series on what I learned in my experience in corporate work and how I use these skills every day in my PhD. The first topic I will tackle in scheduling.  Most corporate offices have relatively strict…

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Mommy groups: The case for and against

Mommy groups: The case for and against

I just joined my first mommy group.  I’ve been tempted to join one many times over the past 4 years of being a mom, but never had the courage.  I have made several mom friends from library groups and daycare and I cherish these friendships, but they are hard work.  Being a part of a mommy group sounds like the best of both worlds; meet up with other moms and kids regularly without having to make the plans or feel…

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Mom-poster syndrome

Mom-poster syndrome

In the realm of PhD students, we talk about imposter syndrome a lot.  Imposter syndrome, according to wikipedia, “is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud” (source).  I would like to talk about another kind of imposter syndrome felt by many of my child-toting friends, mom-poster syndrome. I clearly remember the first few days after my first child was born.  She was…

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‘Is the father involved?’ and 3 other phrases uttered to the PhD student mom

‘Is the father involved?’ and 3 other phrases uttered to the PhD student mom

When I started my schooling, I knew I needed to be my own cheerleader and champion.  I walked into the classroom purposefully and tried my hardest to excel early on in my grad school career to quell any fears that I was going to be a lesser student due to my outside commitments.  Despite my own confidence, I still heard and overheard many comments that made me absolutely cringe.  If I had not already resigned myself to the existence of…

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Better presentations without Powerpoint

Better presentations without Powerpoint

Powerpoint is the powerhouse of presentation software.  Everyone uses it because for a long time it was the best, most portable tool available to make professional presentations.  In the recent years, several competitors have emerged which produce equivalent or even improved presentations without the hassle of large ppt files or the cost of Microsoft Office.  Here are just 2 free options for clean, powerful presentations without Powerpoint: 1.Beamer  Anyone who has used LaTex for their documents knows it’s advantages.  Equations…

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How to tell your advisor you’re knocked up

How to tell your advisor you’re knocked up

I started my PhD 3 months pregnant. I already had a child, so being pregnant again was not a surprise to any of our friends or family but it was a shock to my PhD cohort. A pregnant PhD student? What is this blasphemy? Being pregnant and having a child should not be a negative experience.  Many PhD students are in their mid to late 20s, prime child bearing years, and yet having a child while doing a PhD seems…

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Baby steps for the pregnant PhD student

Baby steps for the pregnant PhD student

So you just found out you are pregnant?  Congratulations, that’s so exciting!  But you are a PhD student?  Don’t panic, it’s not the end of the world.  Everyone reacts to pregnancy differently, especially if it is unexpected. Though it seems as if the world of academia is not suitable for the pregnant woman, you can have a baby and be an academic.  Here are some of the first steps you should take when you find out you’re expecting: 1. Breathe…

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Grad school for all the wrong reasons

Grad school for all the wrong reasons

I worked a full time job for several years before I decided to go back to grad school.  Some of my reasons for returning to grad school were traditional, including a desire to expand knowledge in my subject and the opportunity to become an academic, while others were less conventional.  I was already a mom when I applied to grad school and welcomed the lifestyle of a grad student.  Here are some of my “bad” reasons to return to school:…

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Three free short outings for kids – or how to get the kids out of the house when you have a thesis to write

Three free short outings for kids – or how to get the kids out of the house when you have a thesis to write

If you are home with your kids on a weekday, it may feel as if you need to be writing or researching or studying. Many times these things are almost impossible with the little ones at home. When I first started my PhD, my family was 2 kids lighter. With only one little person running around, I was able to complete a respectable amount of work on the days she stayed home. With 3 kids running around, there are days…

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