Guestblog Written by Pingling Zeng “ Who is this happy person holding two babies?”, I asked my colleagues while pointing on a picture I saw on KI main web page. “How can you not know Jonas Ludvigsson? He is an ‘eldsjäl’ , he has done many altruistic works and never expects much return! “, said… Read More Struggling with your PhD? Get inspired by an ‘eldsjäl’!
Image credit: Takashi Hososhima (flickr) (In collaboration with Nika Seblova) I was standing in front of a roomful of high school students, a screenshot of a certain popular bird-slinging game on my slide. I had five minutes to convey my research and entice them to the Dark Side make them interested in my work and… Read More Mentoring || Mentoring
Most of us could do more to take care of ourselves. Where our ancestors spent daylight hours performing backbreaking labor, we’ve sat ourselves at desks in front of devices with artificial light emanating from them on a nearly 24-hour cycle. A promise of the industrial revolution was to give us more leisure; many of us… Read More Mindfulness Meditation for stress reduction during the holidays
I am currently looking for postdoc positions, an experience which is equally exciting and harrowing. During my PhD I have acquired all these diverse and useful skills: a scientific mindset, analysis techniques, writing, public engagement, teaching and whatnot. To showcase all this, I now need a whole new skillset: writing both funding and job applications,… Read More A culture of acceptance
In my view, doing a PhD is like running a marathon. It is a lot about endurance, technique, practice, and very importantly, receiving coaching. Let me explain a bit more how I came to this conclusion. The stresses of being a PhD student Having a PhD is a big achievement, but getting to the dissertation… Read More On PhD students and professional athletes
Hello!! Blog posts are minimal from me right now because I am currently deep inside my half-time writing cave. When I am on the other side of it, I promise I will write a post explaining the half-time control procedure here at Karolinska institutet, and what is required and why. But for now, I must… Read More Status; Stuck in a Half-Time Writing Cave.
“When I first visited my current university, I gave a talk and while speaking I felt something was off. Then I realized I was the only female in the room, facing a room with 13 men and that has never happened to me before” said Ka Ling Wu, a second participant in my PhD Around the World Project.… Read More Woman and the Wind: PhD around the world 2
All around the world, more people than ever are pursuing a PhD. But how do our PhDs programs differ, what do we all struggle with and what can we learn from each other? Those are some of the questions I have decided to explore in a series of mini-interviews with PhD students from all around the world.… Read More PhD Around the World 1: Museums and Maternity leave(s)
It has been a while since my last post. Well, actually I made only one blog in 2015. I feel terribly sorry about it. It is just about my research that overtakes my energy and life, thus pushes me away from social media. However, last Thursday, I and other two bloggers joined a workshop with… Read More What if I felt exhausted about my research
70% of people openly admit that they did not have a clear career path in mind when they started a PhD (see the blog post by Mili) but the decision to start a PhD studies was a decisive career step. Not to mention that many people changed their idea about their dream job for various reasons over… Read More Making Career Choices