A 20-something, pregnant, PhD student with some thoughts on life.
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Your Masters Degree outside Academia
For some people, the master’s degree is a continuation of the path to a doctorate, for others it's a step up the pay grade ladder, and for some just something to keep doing after they finish their undergrad. Whatever the reason for pursuing the degree make sure you get the most out of it, especially if you're pursing a non-academic future.
First off, I'll say now that I will always be pro-choice, no uterus no opinion, and will always respect those who are pro-life. I genuinely think that until the day you experience an abortion yourself, you will never understand the emotions, thought processes, planning, rationalities that come up for a person who is in the middle of making that decision. Religion or not, beliefs be damned, you're just not going to get it. It's difficult to describe beyond this, your mind will never have to or ever understand what going there is like, the flip of switches that take off upon hearing "your pregnant" but knowing it’s not your path.
Make the Most of EWG's Skin Deep Database
Environmental Working Groups (EWG) Skin Deep Database is about consumer awareness, sustainability and healthy living. It's about protecting you and your family or friends from everyday harmful chemicals that drive the beauty and wellness industry. It is the place to check out if you've had skin problems and, more importantly, if you can't pronounce most of the ingredients in the products on your counter.
Tokens and Fortunes
Shiny gold coins, which meant nothing to the real world, drove my childhood obsession. Not just having them, but the payout for tickets for the random crap that filled my childhood bedroom was especially enticing. Saving coins so I had more than my pals when we went back together, my ticket winnings was always more than my friends for this reason.
On Being a Pregnant Post-Grad
You won't fail to find articles, opinion pieces, tweets and memes about the plights of being a graduate student today. The ones that have emerged since institutions have haphazardly thrown together online only, mixed, in-person versions of their courses since the pandemic has graced us with its presence tend to be particularly witty and cynical. What you rarely find conversation about, are post-grads starting families while doing their degrees. Masters, Doctorates, Post-Docs who are expecting are largely absent from the mass writings.
Last April I purged the final big social media presence I had. At the end of 2016 I could be found on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Wordpress, Spotify, WhatsApp, Starbucks, Strava, Pinterest, FitBit, and you name it, I was probably using it for a bit at some point.
5 Ways to Get Running
Running is a great form of cardio and can be an awesome way to improve your mental, physical, and social health. It shouldn't be your sole type of exercise, but it’s up there for overall benefits for you. That being said, running is often hard to get into and stick with for some. Here are five ways to get into running and stick with it!
How to Keep Your Face Fresh and Moisturized All Winter
I started running long-distance about three years ago now. I started small with 5K runs—a huge jump from the short-distance sprinting I did in high school, and have now run three half-marathons, a couple of 10K runs and a whole lotta 5K's. Running is definitely, mind and body intensive, but many frequent runners forget to take care of their skin.
How to Make Working in University Work for You
I have been in school for almost seven years and have been working close to full-time hours while doing it. This might sound unimaginable to most people. Undergrads navigating not getting "weeded out," master's students who can't take time away from the literature. Well, I'm here to tell you it is achievable without compromising your academic success and general life outside academia.
How Does Speaking up in the Workplace Really Make You Look?
I have worked the entire time I've been in school, undergrad and post-grad. As a master's level student I find myself the same age as people in my workplaces, or sometimes the youngest person and either way speaking up is a problem.
Is the Master's Degree Enough?
I have an undergraduate education, and it is not enough. I started my master's degree chasing environmentalism, environmental resource management, and environmental planning. In each of the programs I was in, I saw more and more people return to school in search of a way to move up the corporate ladders and pay levels. I now have a master's degree in another field. I don't regret moving subject areas, and more importantly, I don't regret leaving a course-based master's for a thesis-based program. Here are some of the reasons why.