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January 26, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition: New Year, New Life, New Start

I’ve stopped wallowing in the “I feel so alone!” pity party I subjected myself to for the first month or two.

February 23, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition--Chapter 2: Palpable Neurosis

You don't know what you're getting into until you're in it; even now, I'm not so sure what I'm in.

March 30, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Part 3: Time to Strategize

It's scary and exciting for exactly the same reason: The possibilities are endless.

April 27, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 4: Baby Steps

Some things must be worked through, and that takes time.

May 25, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 5: Why Is Life So Messy?

I think it makes sense for people who aren't satisfied to air their grievances, but it's important to do it constructively and strategically.

June 29, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 6: Carrots and Sticks

“Our recent personal history teaches us that what we will most likely receive when we seek guidance is a swift kick in the pants.”

August 03, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 7: Tainted Love

"Do I need to learn to rely on my own desires, the rest of the world be damned?"

August 31, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 8: What Are You Going to Do Now, Redux

I'm standing up a little straighter and taller than I used to, wobbling less and faking it less, and caring a little less what other people think.

September 28, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 9: The Postdoc Has Two Faces

Although I am a huge fan of the Internets (thank you, Senator Stevens), I am profoundly thrilled by what can happen when you talk to strangers, upside-down-face to upside-down-face, in a place such as a yoga class.

October 26, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition Chapter 10: Loyalty, Subterfuge, Manipulation, and Sabotage

Is it ineptitude or something worse?

November 23, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition Chapter 11: Breaking Free (Almost)

Most people would say I've made all the correct calls, but I'm still disappointed with how it's all come out, even if I have learned a lot in the process.

January 25, 2008

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 12: Reflections

Is there really such a thing as a perfect postdoc? That exquisite transitional period during which you move from peon...
February 29, 2008

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 13: Fake It Until You Make It?

I want to be able to proudly say to someone that I am a "fill in the blank" and not cringe afterward.

March 28, 2008

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 14: Interview Excursions

"We're sorry but we don't believe you are qualified for this position at this time," wrote one consulting firm.

April 25, 2008

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 15: This Strange, Funny Feeling

I'm sure there were good things about the whole Ph.D./postdoc experience, but apparently I don't yet have enough distance to know what they are.

May 30, 2008

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 16: Still Perky After All These Years

"Clarity is a gift." --Micella Phoenix DeWhyse

August 10, 2012

Science Training and Mental Health

In the wake of the Colorado shootings, the scientific community should pay more attention to the psychological wellbeing of emerging scientists.

August 27, 2004

Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 30: Lessons in Mis-Management (Yes, More Communication)

I resisted the urge to cuss him out, jump, scream, or otherwise make a fool of myself, and we both rediscovered something "cool" about the project.

August 02, 2002

Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 7: Confidence Crisis

"At first, I didn’t tell anyone. I faked the funk. I didn’t want their pity. I didn’t want them saying, 'well I’m so sorry,' while thinking, 'glad it wasn’t me.'"

October 28, 2005

Educated Woman, The Grad-School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse Chapter 44--Out of the Night That Covers Me … Into the Big Wide World

I won't be confined by other people's notions of who I am and what I should do. I'm starting to feel free.

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