7 Grad School Survival Tips

As many of us are starting the winter semester, it seemed an opportune time to discuss surviving not just the winter weather (here’s hoping Michigan’s winter isn’t as bad as last year!), but the rather mentally and emotionally trying process that is graduate school. I’m currently in my third year at MSU and am just finishing up classes, so these tips are only guaranteed to be even partially relevant for your first few years, but hopefully they continue to help me and you in our final years as well!

An Academic Christmas Carol: Part 7

By Emily Dolson on December 29, 2014 in Humor, Work/Life Balance / 1 Comment

Missed the beginning? Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Part 7 Scrooge awoke with a start. He was in his own bed. And seemingly alive! What a relief! He bounced out of bed and ran to his window. Looking down, he saw a student walking by on the street outside and called down to her “You there! What day is it?” “It’s Christmas day, sir!” the student called back, looking a bit perplexed.

An Academic Christmas Carol: Part 6

By Emily Dolson on December 28, 2014 in Humor, Work/Life Balance / 1 Comment

Missed the beginning? Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Part 6 A final chime sounded. Steam poured from the radiator, swirling through the air until it congealed into a dark hooded figure: The Spirit of Christmas Future. As Scrooge stared at the figure in trepidation, it silently raised a robed arm and gestured forward. Scrooge followed its direction, and found himself in the faculty lounge of his department. A group of professors were chatting.

An Academic Christmas Carol: Part 5

By Emily Dolson on December 27, 2014 in Humor, Work/Life Balance / 0 Comments

Missed the beginning? Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. Part 5 The scene before Scrooge and the Spirit of Christmas Present shifted. Now, they were in an ornately decorated room with lively music playing and a large Christmas dinner laid out on the table. The house belonged to Fred Hollowell, and was filled with his collaborators, friends, and all of their families. As Scrooge looked on, he was struck by vibrancy of the conversations and the diversity of people having them. The scientists in the room were not immediately identifiable by their appearance; men and women of a wide variety of ethnicities were represented, and conversation among groups seemed to zig-zag back and forth between seemingly unrelated topics, many of which seemed to have nothing to do with science at all.