27 and a PhD

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As of October 1, 2010

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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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Dear Interwebz, I am now a member of my school’s gym. I will sweat like a pig next to hot looking bods of kids almost half my age (not really, I know!). I’ll try my best. Official starting weight is 191.7 pounds (that’s fully clothed, taken at the gym’s digital scale). For now I’ll update on my progress every 2 to 3 weeks, as I am not sure how much my “inspiration” or “energy” will last, and this is not WW. I’ll try my best to stay motivated and on-track, even though I feel like sleeping all the time.

Here’s to getting rid of all those pesky extra pounds!! Cheers đŸ˜€


1 Comment

  1. […] Learned that the BF may need to push things back because of some unscheduled changes to his thesis. Joined the gym, which I promptly left 3 weeks down the […]

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