Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets

I haven’t been online much for the past couple weeks because I’ve been CRAZY busy preparing for my qualifying exam and finishing up two research projects. I’m also training for a marathon (if you don’t already think I’m crazy enough 😅). However, I figured I should take a break and write about something I’ve been…

Why dress codes matter

I don’t know about you guys, but dress codes have always been a bit confusing to me. I never really knew whether I agreed with dress codes or not, especially since they are typically much stricter for women than men. However, I think I’ve finally reached the point where I have developed my own dress code…

The never-ending application process: How to stand out

I don’t know about you, but applying for schools, fellowships, grants, awards, etc. is daunting. And it’s not just because I don’t want to put in the work – it’s because I have to put myself out there and be a bit vulnerable, and the fear of rejection can be just as bad as asking…

Birth control is great but…

So it’s been over a week since I’ve posted, primarily because I’ve been binge-watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix (I hope you appreciate my honesty :P). I was planning on writing a post about it, but it’s really heavy and I need some time to process. While I thought it was a great show with really…

Sex ed: My experience

As I’ve mentioned previously, I grew up in a very religious household where anything sexual was taboo. My parents never talked to me or my siblings about it, and we weren’t allowed to watch movies with sex scenes or listen to most popular music. I also went to a private Christian school for most of…

The ACS Conference

I haven’t been very active online recently because I have been prepping for and attending the American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in San Francisco this week and I finally have some free time 🙂 This is my first conference as a grad student, so I learned A LOT from many amazing people, and I thought…

Too busy

I’m busy. We’re all busy. I think I’ve been able to use “I’m busy” as an excuse since I was in high school (oh, how naïve I was). It’s such an easy excuse – for that party you don’t want to go to, for being late on a deadline, for not doing as well on…

Being the only girl in the room

For most of my life, I was EXTREMELY shy. I don’t mean slightly introverted – I mean like I would only talk to one or two people outside of my family. That kind of shy. And of course, I was even worse around the opposite sex…

Intro: What it means to be a woman

For most of my 24 years, I never identified strongly as a feminist or even as a woman. I did not think much about what it means to be a woman, except for how I dressed, whether or not I was pretty, and, of course, those lovely things called periods. On top of this, my religion taught that I was supposed to be modest, pure (no sex until marriage – that kinda thing), submissive, and motherly…