Category Archives: Rant

The Other Side of the Fence

The whole graduate school thing can be very tough some times, as a few of us know.  It is in those times that I find myself wondering whether my friends that chose to be done with school at the bachelors … Continue reading

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Science Literacy and Language

A longstanding pet peeve of mine is the misuse of the word chemicals. A chemical is not a very specific noun. Its definition does not imply toxicity and the word does not have a moral weight. Chemicals are not bad … Continue reading

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Traditions in Academia

Traditions are a part of every culture, from holidays to formalities to how guests are treated.  And of course in academia there are traditions that are unique to countries and continents.  Since I spent several months contemplating going back to graduate school … Continue reading

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Return to Grad School: First Weeks Back

While my friend and the other author of this blog is working through the application process for grad school, I am three weeks into my return to grad school.  So far my first weeks back in graduate school have been … Continue reading

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Island of Stability

It’s the Island of Stability!  No, it’s not the rare and elusive island nation where there are never any problems.  Though if such an island does exist, please let me know of its location and immigration rules immediately.  Seriously, I’ll … Continue reading

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Surviving the First Week: Entrance Exams

So the first week at a new grad school comes with it the orientation for that program. Every program is different, and every subject is different too; however in the world of chemistry, orientation week means entrance exams.  This is … Continue reading

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The Elements Song!

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