Credit: imjaki from Pixabay To a first year graduate student, deciding what labs to rotate in may seem like a daunting task. When I joined the Penn State College of Medicine graduate program, I was faced with an overwhelming number of options and found it difficult to narrow down my top three lab choices. I … Continue reading The First Years’ Guide to Graduate School Rotations
Burn out.It’s a common phrase heard in the hallways of many academic institutions. Burn out has become a major contributor to mental health issues among graduate schools across the country. Driving yourself intensely for an extended period of time can lead to graduate school burn out, and it can last for weeks, sometimes even months. … Continue reading Burn Out
Credit: 1388843 from Pixabay We’ve all had those moments at orientation. You hear a speaker say, “Look to your left, now look to your right…these are your colleagues but some of them might not make it to the end of this academic journey.” These moments can be taken in a plethora of ways but it’s … Continue reading Impostor Syndrome is 100% Real
Everybody in this post has something in common. After 12 years of primary and secondary school and 4 years of undergraduate education, we all decided that we weren't done yet. But why? As it turns out, the graduate students of Penn State College of Medicine have very diverse, inspirational reasons for choosing to continue their education … Continue reading Why Penn State College of Medicine Students Chose Graduate School
By: Caitlin Millett, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle Meditation is an ancient practice dating back at least three millennia. It’s a fundamental component of many Eastern religious traditions and belief systems including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism, to name just a … Continue reading Why Graduate Students Should Meditate
Hey, readers! We want to hear from you! In our new segment, "Ask a Scientist," we'd like to answer your burning questions: don't understand a scientific concept? Curious about life as a graduate student in the biomedical sciences? Simply leave a comment on this post, or e-mail your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. A graduate student will address … Continue reading You Can Get Involved!