Like A Girl by Always Woman in Science Reflection


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The other day I was watching a YouTube video and I came across this video by Always called #LikeAGirl. If you haven’t seen it click here. I usually skip the random advertisements on YouTube after 5 seconds, but this particular video caught my attention.

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How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation


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Now that July is here you know what that means: Vacations! Many people take vacations in July because it is right in the middle of the summer and it is a great time to relax with family and friends. If you are anything like me I am a bit of a workaholic. Life is about balance and this is something I have been working on. Even if your vacation is short take time to unwind and have fun. Here are my tips to make the most of your summer vacation:

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation:

1. Prepare and Create Lists:
This tip may seem like common sense, but I will address it anyway. Sometimes we get so excited about our vacation that we forget to prepare. We might forget to send reminders to our labmates, boss, coworkers or other people that we need to notify. Check out PhD comics (When to tell your advisor you’re going on vacation). A good way to remember what you need to do is to create lists. That way you will be able to enjoy all of your vacation and have things in order when you get back.

2. Switch Your Mind to Vacation Mode:
Leave all of your worries, frustrations and stresses out of your mind for the time that you are on vacation. Check out this PhD Comics post (Vacation vs Stressed). Have you ever been on a vacation with someone and all they talked about was how they are so stressed and dreading going back to work? Don’t let this person be you. Use your vacation as a time to temporarily forget life’s stresses. This is how to take a true vacation inside and out.

3. Leave Your Work at Home:
This is important, especially for my workaholics out there. The purpose of a vacation is to have time to relax, have fun and explore your vacation’s surroundings. If you are working you cannot enjoy your vacation to the maximum potential. Use your vacation time to completely escape from your work for a while. It will not hurt you. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it. When you come back from your vacation you will be ready to get back to work! Continue reading

My Summer Reading List


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It’s that time again. Time for me to share my summer reading list with you. Now, that summer is here I want to read books that are inspiring and make me want to change the world.  Don’t we all want to change the world and make an impact? What kind of books do you like to read in the summer?

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Overcoming Post-Graduation Blues


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After I shared my gift ideas for science graduates I was inspired to write more posts dedicated to recent graduates. Now that I have finished this mini series I am excited to create more blog series. Let me know what you would like to see. If you have any blog posts suggestions you can fill out my contact form on my About Me page. This is my last post dedicated to recent graduates.

We all know graduation is a time for joy, but sometimes recent graduates may hear things they don’t like. Some recent graduates may feel sad and develop post-graduation blues.

Many, if not all graduates have experienced some type of post-graduation blues. Even though graduation is a joyous occasion some graduates feel sad or lost once they realized they are finished school. Graduation is one of the first steps to jump-start your career and sometimes it is hard to express these feelings. To all of my recent graduates out there: Remember you are not alone.

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5 Things NEVER to Say to a Recent Graduate


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In my last post I shared tips for recent science graduates now I want to go a step further and share 5 things NEVER to say to a recent graduate. Most of us can remember all of the questions people asked us when we graduated. After awhile these questions can get irritating or annoying. Do you remember the questions people asked you? All I can say is that we have to work on what we say to recent graduates.

My Top 5 Things NEVER to Say to a Recent Graduate:

1. When are you going to get a job?: I think this is the #1 question that recent graduates hate, especially if they have been looking for a job for a long time. We all know that it is hard to find a job nowadays and finding a job takes time. When they get a job they will let you know.

How can you Help: Instead offer to help look over their CV/resume or cover letters.  Continue reading

7 Tips for Recent Science Graduates


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Since it’s graduation season I am inspired to write some blog posts that will help recent graduates. In my last post I shared some gift ideas for recent science graduates. I know many university graduations are over and I have decided to share a few tips that I have learned from my graduation day. What is one post-graduation tip that you remember? How how did you feel after you graduated?

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10 Gift Ideas for Science Graduates


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Now that May is here graduation season has officially started. Depending where you are from you may have already graduated or attended a few graduations. These gifts are both functional and unique so you can find the perfect gift for your science graduate. What is gift is your favorite?

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Maximizing your Resources Before Summer Begins: For Students, Professionals & Scientists!


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There are many celebrations in May: graduations, semester ending, starting a new job or the end of a phase. This is a great time to celebrate, be happy and maximize your resources before summer begins.

This list is perfect for any scientist, student or professional because we all want to make the most of our summer. Let’s get started! Continue reading

My Spring Reading List


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Last year I shared my winter reading list for this blog. Reading is a relaxing hobby to me and now it is time for me to share my spring reading list with you.

Since I have been busy networking, studying, and taking trips reading is something I like to do so I can take my mind of reading so much technical information. For the most part I have been enjoying Malcolm Gladwell’s books. I read Outliers and I had to pick up the rest of his books from my local library! Continue reading

Research Corner: World Vaccine Congress 2014 Reflection


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The World Vaccine Congress is the World’s Largest Vaccine Business Development, Research, Technology Show and Conference. That’s amazing! This year was the 14th Annual World Vaccine Congress and it was on March 24-26 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Even though the conference was only three days, it was very informative. The World Vaccine Congress is a place where you will hear what is happening in the vaccine research field at all different levels: Industry, Biotech, Pharma, Government/Regulatory, NGO, Academic/Research, Investors in many parts of the world USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and much more! Many of the top leaders in vaccine research were there.

Besides attending the conference I volunteered as a Networking Genie and my job was to show people how to navigate the Free World Vaccine Nation App. The great thing about the World Vaccine Congress App is that it is not an agenda only app, it is a networking tool app. When you register for the conference you can upload a professional head shot and bio for others to see. You can see the sponsors, companies, tweet and see who is attending the conference. Also, the app shows you an agenda and who will presenting at each meeting. Another great feature is that the app is available for attendees and presenters for a year. Many of the conferences I have been to are using apps now. What do you think of apps for conferences? Do you use them? I think apps are convenient because you have the information at your fingertips.  Continue reading


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