Category Archives: confidence

The hardest semester of my life

Don’t worry, this post isn’t a complaint. I had the hardest semester of my life but I got something great out of it. I started a new job this fall – one of my top-choice careers, at one of my … Continue reading

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Gender exclusive STEM education?

This summer I enrolled my 6-year old daughter in a math camp exclusive to girls, “Girls Rock Math.” I knew about the existence of the camp before my daughter was old enough to enroll, and this year as she became … Continue reading

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Job Interview Questions

When I was first interviewing for jobs I got the question “what are your career goals?”  The question was something I had given a lot of thought to but I’d never actually transferred these ideas into an interview appropriate answer … Continue reading

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A year of saying NO

I didn’t plan it that way, it just happened. I realized a couple months ago when I took on a few new things, that I had pointedly avoided taking on anything new or extra for over a year – since … Continue reading

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Why I’m Hopeful

Today, it is easy to be discouraged about the state of the world. On NPR today, I heard about the hunger crisis. Yesterday, I talked to a P.I. at a large research institution in despair about the proposed budget and … Continue reading

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Resolution Revisit

http://www.unilad.co.uk/video/john-oliver-perfectly-explains-why-2016-is-so-awful/ At the  beginning of this year we here at Portrait of the Scientist made resolutions for ourselves for 2016. Here is how  reality lived up to those goals. Peírama: My goals were to gain confidence and enjoy the ride. Over … Continue reading

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Take the good and leave the rest

I took a postdoc with a intense advisor because I wanted to be tougher. I had a great grad school experience with a great mentor. I worried that, although I felt strong from this experience, perhaps I felt this way … Continue reading

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