Educate Me: Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School

Educate Me, hosted by Brit Paris, is a podcast all about surviving and thriving in graduate school. Each week we talk with a graduate about their experiences in graduate school, their greatest challenges, and how they overcame them.

This week I chatted with Willem Klumpenhouwer, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto about balancing finishing a dissertation while serving as the VP External of the University of Calgary's Graduate Students' Association. We also chat about the writing process and how to get down to writing even when you have a busy schedule.

My guest this week is Viraji Bandara, a PhD student in the School of Architecture, Landscape, and Planning at the University of Calgary. We talked about what it's like to be a new mom in grad school.

This week I chat with Master's student Tori Arau about their experience of suffering a traumatic brain injury at the beginning of their program, how they're recovering, and what the future looks like now.

My guest this week is Dimas Adiputranto, a Master's student in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria. We talk about what it's like to return to school after being in the workforce.

This week my guest is Jen Sidorova, Indigenous scholar and PhD Candidate in Political Science at The University of Calgary. We talk about creating connection when you're new on campus and overcoming feelings of self-doubt, ending with a chat on quick meals for busy grad students!

My guest this week is Shawn Brackett, a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Calgary. We chat about navigating the publication process as a graduate student, feeling like a lone wolf, and uncertainty about the importance of our research in these unprecedented times.

This week I speak with Dr. Molly Kingsley, a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Tufts University in Boston who identifies as bisexual and is married to a woman. She recently completed her PhD in molecular biology at the University of Colorado. We discuss the challenge of moving across the country in the middle of her PhD, which resulted in significant feelings of isolation.

My guest this week is Dr. Tony Cliffe, Senior Lecturer and Assessment Officer at the University of Chester. We chat about how he finished his PhD undertime by setting boundaries, treating his PhD like a job, and learning to say no.

This week I chat with Dr. Krishana Sankar, a recent graduate of the Department of Physiology and Experimental Medicine at the University of Toronto. Krishana is also the creator of the online graduate student community, Grad Write Slack. We chat about overcoming isolation, dealing with competition, and defending her dissertation on Zoom.

My guest this week is Erik Fraunberger, PhD candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Calgary. We chat about conducting research on rats, overcoming burnout, and managing time whether working in the lab or working from home.

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