12 guidelines for surviving science…

I’ve been very busy today, mainly travelling, so haven’t had timetable do a proper post, but I saw this earlier and thought I would pass it on to my avid readers. I don’t manage as many of these as I should, but hopefully you will do better!

Fear and Loathing in Academia

I turn 40 in tomorrow and I’ve more or less been 100% devoted to physics since I was 20 (2nd year uni). It’s been a journey with some highs and a couple of very serious lows. Motivated by this recent excellent post on self-care & overwork in academia, I spent some time looking back and thinking about what would I go back and tell my 20 year old self (aside from get your B.Sc. and then go get a real job, one with good prospects & good money) or others at the same stage, e.g., the 2nd year lab students I taught this year. Some are things I’ve learned and managed to incorporate, some are things that I still fail at despite repeated attempts…

1. Put up walls: Despite having an excellent role model for this over much of my career, I still haven’t learned to put up walls to keep…

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One Response to “12 guidelines for surviving science…”

  1. On a similar note, I came across this today: http://blogoftheisotopes.blogspot.de/2015/01/reflections-on-time-in-oxford.html

    Read the blog post it links to, which contains gems such as:

    Early on, I asked a senior professor if there were any faculty lectures he could recommend “Lectures? Lectures? Honestly Mister Grant, this isn’t some red-brick university where you get force fed information at lectures. We value private study instead,” he replied. I didn’t ask again.

    By the way, has anyone here read Lucky Jim?

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