Are you pushing through sore muscles or an injury? Do you need to push harder to gain endurance, or give your ligaments a break? Are you building up muscle or just grinding your joints at this point?… Read More Managing expectations
“Social distancing” has become the term of art for the public contribution to the fight against the pandemic. PhD candidates are no stranger to a world with little physical interactions. Here is a little insight from our blog into staying connected despite the physical distancing. … Read More Connected despite the distance
The global pandemic of coronavirus changed the lives of millions of people, and I am no exception. However, in this post, I will tell you about my PhD defense as, so far, the best day of my life. I was lucky to have an amazing opponent and a very experienced examination board. Despite that three… Read More The best day of my life
Cutlery cluttering, excited voices, and intertwining conversation – the familiar pulse of a conference mingle. I was chatting with current and aspiring graduate students when I suddenly heard the dreaded advice: “Expect you will suffer during your PhD, I definitely did”. My skin crawled and I rushed to correct “No, you should not accept suffering… Read More You should not suffer during your PhD!
So you are nearing the end of your PhD at KI, and need to start planning and applying for defense. Maybe you are in a group that has done this process 50 times, in which case you might not need this help. However, when I found myself at the time that I needed to apply for defense, I realized I am the first PhD student in my group, and so navigating the application process included a bit of “figuring things out”. Some things are clear and well documented, others are rather mysterious. None of it is hard, but around this period we are usually freaking out, so even small hurdles can cause stress, and it’s really not needed when someone can just tell you how it works. Now that all the application stuff is over, I’ve had multiple fellow-PhD-defenders contact me to clarify things. So, I figured there are probably more of us out there, freaking out about the ins and outs of the application process, and I decided it could be useful to write a guide based on my own experience. Additionally, I’ve also been a student representative in the dissertation committee (the ones you send your application to), and I think it will be helpful for both you and the committee if you have an idea of how it all works. So, here we go!… Read More Applying for PhD defense at Karolinska Institutet
You have heard it before – academia is producing more PhDs than it is able to accomodate. Yet, when three years into the PhD I told my supervisors that my future steps are directed beyond academia, I was met with shocked surprise, bit of disappointment and disbelief. These reactions can be hard to face and… Read More Lessons from PhD Career Stories podcast
As of today, Mr. PhD and I have been in a relationship for a long time! Incredible 3.5 years! But in the last year we hit a rock bottom. Honeymoon phase was long over, and hard work on building a lasting and rewarding relationship settled in. And since we are stubborn and strong personalities, endless… Read More Valentine’s ode to my (Mr.) PhD
I do not want to spoil the trip into the fantasy lands for you, but the highlights include union of Darwin theories with alchemy, magical Oxford, time travel and informed historical details from medieval Europe… Read More #20: Academic witches & vampires