grad school

Podcast - Mental Health Podcaster Andrew of Andrew in the Gap Years on preparing for social situations

Podcast - Mental Health Podcaster Andrew of Andrew in the Gap Years on preparing for social situations

In the last episode of season 2, Mental Health Podcaster Andrew of Andrew in the Gap Years shares his big dream goal of training all undergrads in active listening, how he prepares for social settings to prevent a vicious cycle of social anxiety, how as a child he learned to fear making mistakes, and his secret for actually having fun at job interviews.

Podcast - Graduate Career Counselor Giulia Hoffmann on confidence, feminism, and assertiveness

Podcast - Graduate Career Counselor Giulia Hoffmann on confidence, feminism, and assertiveness

In part 2, Graduate Career Counselor Giulia Hoffmann shares about her experience questioning gendered messages about confidence, choosing which battles to fight, her reasons for wanting to earn her PhD since she was 6 years old, and how she felt when she finally earned that PhD.

Podcast - Graduate Career Counselor Giulia Hoffmann on self-discovery during long job hunts

Podcast - Graduate Career Counselor Giulia Hoffmann on self-discovery during long job hunts

In part 1, Graduate Career Counselor Giulia Hoffmann opens up about feeling like the only grad student who wasn’t trying to become a professor, the changes she made to her job applications to finally find a great job, and a trick for using procrastination to find your dream job.

Podcast - Science Communicator Dave Farina on confidence after leaving multiple grad school programs

Podcast - Science Communicator Dave Farina on confidence after leaving multiple grad school programs

Science Communicator Dave Farina of the Professor Dave Explains YouTube channel and the Professor Dave Debates podcast opens up about how his projects are a refuge from stress, his journey in and out of multiple graduate programs, and why it’s important to calibrate your expectations based on your goals.

Podcast - Med Student Cuong Lieu on how med school applications mess with confidence

Podcast  - Med Student Cuong Lieu on how med school applications mess with confidence

Med Student Cuong Lieu discusses presenting yourself differently with friends vs. colleagues (code switching), how applying to med school affected his confidence, and the importance of having doctors who speak the same language as their patients.

Podcast - Academia could use a like button (BA #12)

Podcast - Academia could use a like button (BA #12)

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.

Podcast - Science Communicator Kellie Vinal

Podcast - Science Communicator Kellie Vinal

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.

39 questions to ask grad students during your grad school interviews and 1 question you should never ask

39 questions to ask grad students during your grad school interviews and 1 question you should never ask

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.

This Is How You Prepare for Grad School Interviews: 4 Steps to Get Confident and Make a Killer Impression

This Is How You Prepare for Grad School Interviews: 4 Steps to Get Confident and Make a Killer Impression

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. 

Podcast - Science Writer Ian Street (BA #6)

Podcast - Science Writer Ian Street (BA #6)

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.

Podcast - Protocols.io co-founder Dr. Lenny Teytelman (BA #2)

Podcast - Protocols.io co-founder Dr. Lenny Teytelman (BA #2)

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.