Do I expect people to drop what they're doing and immediately take the time to write paragraphs back that both empathize with what I shared and catch me up on their own experiences. No. But alas, everyone seems to think I do.
Today's post is brought to you by Dr. Thomai Dion, a scientist and artist who has an amazing series of science books called Think-A-Lot Tots and a science technology engineering mathematics (STEM) coloring and activity book.
Mo Anderson shares how graduating college made a huge step in her confidence, how she finds role models, and what responsibilities she feels mentors have in shaping the confidence of young minds.
In this audio blog, I rant about the structure of feedback in academia. I discuss how this affects confidence, a moment that defined my views about feedback, my proposed way to better let people know what they're doing well and how to improve, and why I think getting no positive feedback is a nonsensical and counterproductive approach among talented groups of people.
Speaker and consultant Jess Pettitt shares how her body image changes based on who she’s with, the contrast between the high of being on stage and the loneliness of returning to hotel rooms, and how publishing her book Good Enough Now challenged her own feelings of feeling good enough now.
Science communicator (and recent PhD recipient!) Kellie Vinal opens up about how mentors saved her confidence during a grad school low, how collaborators help keep her going strong, and how being self-conscious while telling stories can backfire.
Congratulations, you got grad school interviews! And now they're coming up and maybe you're freaking out because you don't know how to prepare. Scariest yet, you're going to be meeting tons of people and you may not be sure what you're going to talk to them about or how to best use the opportunity you have.
UCSF med student Ashleigh Nelson shares how she's rebuilding her confidence after a stressful med school application process, how community helps her feel strong, and the shocking hazing practice our future doctors go through.
Has the inauguration made the reality of the new president finally set in and you're having trouble dealing?
A lot of us are struggling right now with coming to terms with the poor decisions and constant insensitivity of the new presidential regime. Maybe you already live with anxiety and/or depression. Or maybe this is new to you and you're blindsided by your new emotions (or your disturbing lack of emotions).
Evan Bernstein, co-host of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast, shares how he got over being nervous being on stage in front of huge audiences at skeptical conferences like The Amazing Meeting, how he instills confidence in his kids, and why he doesn't let online trolls get him down.
So, you got a grad school interview, or maybe 2 (or 5? You're going to be tired!).
First of all, huge congratulations! Tons of people apply to each graduate program and just the fact that you got an interview is already a great sign.
But now you might be feeling nervous because now you're actually going to be meeting the very people who will ultimately decide whether you get to go to grad school.
Science writer Dr. Ian Street shares about how his past experiences with depression have made him stronger today, the surprising upside of being self-conscious while talking, and his dreams for his career transition into a full-time science communicator.
Journalist and podcaster Sanden Totten talks about his experience with confidence in the media, how his body image has affected the creative projects he pursues, and how the 2016 Donald Trump election has thrown a new dilemma his way.
Grad school is rough, so This Week In Grad School is here to take your questions! This week, we have questions about imposter syndrome, loneliness, and how to get into a PhD program in the first place!
Sisters of Flow podcaster De'Nicea Hilton and I discuss confidence when talking about issues most people shy away from!
I discuss 9 reasons why grad students have such low confidence.
I interview Dr. Lenny Teytelman of the protocols repository Protocols.io. We discuss grad school stress, including that pesky bugger imposter syndrome (the feeling many grad students get that they aren't good enough), and how to deal with it. Lenny also shares why grad school is great preparation for many non-faculty positions, including in start-ups.
Welcome to 2017! A brand new year, full of opportunities. Take a moment to reflect: Are you happy with your life right now?
I mean it. Don't just keep reading. Put down your tablet, release your mouse button, put down the page (wait, did you print out my blog post? What are you doing?). Close your eyes, and really think: Are you where you want to be?
I hope you are. But if you're not happy with your life right now, I'm going to share with you 7 ways to change your life in 2017.