Featured ‘day in the life of’: Natasha, PhD student researching breast cancer therapies.

The eighth featured ‘day in the life of’ post is from Natasha who is a PhD student from Scotland who researchers breast cancer therapies and is the face behind the ‘surviving_science’ Instagram and blog https://survivingscienceblog.wordpress.com/. A day in the life of Natasha (PhD Student): I’m Natasha, a second year PhD student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. I’m studying how a type of breast cancer […]

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How to have a productive holidays!

School’s out, scream and shout…. Because you have a million assignments to do… Many uni students are currently on holidays, and school holidays are also fast approaching, so I thought now is a perfect time to reveal my tips for having a productive holidays. Tip 1: Plan! Write down a list of tasks that you must complete during the holidays […]

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Must Have Items for University

When I first started university I expected to receive a ‘booklist’ with all the items I would need for my degree, however no such list ever arrived. I realised then that I am now truly a ‘big kid’ and that I would have to decipher what I would need to succeed myself. Whilst I started university with all the necessary […]

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How to prepare for a long(ish) presentation.

Oral presentations terrify many of us. Even confident extroverts would often avoid presenting a long speech- but in many subjects, university courses and careers, public speaking is an important component. This is particularly true in academia… I mean we have conference presentation in front of hundreds of people. I already have nightmares about my first conference, although it will probably […]

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First year at university is hard.

I must admit, I was naïve when I first attended university. I listened to my high school teachers preach that year 12 was the hardest year of your life and that everything would get easier after that. I (not wanting to brag) got through year twelve with not as much stress as I expected and ended up with a higher score than I thought I could achieve. Do not get me wrong I worked hard, but I was in a good routine of studying before school, working hard during school hours and then studying after school (for a couple of hours each night). I did not work during year twelve and therefore was still able to enjoy some “me time” on the weekends. When being accepted into the Psychology (honours) degree, I was told that I would need to maintain a GPA of 5.5 (out of 7- for those unfamiliar with the Australian University grading system) in psychology related subjects to keep my spot in honours. I did not think this was going to be a challenge- as I said I got through year 12 “the hardest academic year of my life” fine… I remember getting my first grade at university back, for an elective subject and receiving a HD.  My teachers were right- the next four years will be a breeze, I thought. In the very next class, on the same day I received my second grade. A P1! […]

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