27 and a PhD

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These are a few of my favourite things ….

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Hello there, awesome reader. My name is Dr. 27. I'm older than that now, but I'm staying faithful to the origins of the blog.

This blog started 2 months before completing my PhD in a pretty southern university back in 2009. It was a way to practice my writing and take a break from all things thesis. My PhD is in a branch of structural biology where I studied some rather impressive stuff.

After completing the degree, I packed my life of 6 years in 3 days and moved to Canada to do a postdoc in a completely different field. Two years later, and after attending a lot of seminars, workshops and doing some much-needed soul-searching, I ended up getting out and looking for an alternative path to academia and industry.

The blog chronicles my mishaps, ideas, musings and tips on entering, staying and finishing grad school. It also talks about some (or a lot) of personal stuff. For a while, the blog became a place to talk about the frustrations of not knowing what to do after PhD. I wanted to explore alternatives to the traditional paths of research (academia, industry and goverment) whilst going back to my field of training (if at all possible). Eventually a job materialized. Follow my quest as I navigate the waters of being a staff scientist at a core facility.


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Oh Etsy, how much I love you! I’m an etsy whore. In my time away from the bench I can spend hours upon hours looking at lovely crafts on Etsy.

Right now I’m in love with these:

  1. How totally adorable is this ring! I do not wear gold … ever! But I wouldn’t mind this guy here.
  2. Or this!!! It kills me! 
  3. And how about this beauty! Sometimes I daydream about getting engaged. Something like that one, or #2 would satisfy my unique, crafty and support-the-arts part of my personality.
  4. Wait a sec … they have #1 in white! Woooo hoooooooooooooooo!!!!!

Oh man … a girl can only dream. I’m just a few hours away from getting on the plane to Europe! I won’t be posting for a bit. If I get a chance I’ll upload a photo or two. I hope to start writing grad-school related posts soon after I come back. ‘Til then, enjoy your summer 🙂


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