Don’t You Have Research To Do?

What is the one thing that a graduate student wishes they had more of? Time!

Which is why when you mention that your going to start a blog, some of your fellow grad students may look at you as if you have sprouted 2 extra heads. “Yes, because you have SO much time on your hands. Don’t you have research to do?” Why yes, yes I do. But just because I have a never ending “To-Do” list doesn’t mean that I don’t have time to write a blog. Let’s be honest, the majority of my down time is spent vegging out with Netflix. I think I can give up one episode of Gilmore girls every so often to post some pretty cool (at least in my opinion) thoughts, articles, video etc.

The next thing I’m likely to hear? “What are you even going to post about?” SO MUCH! There is so much to talk about! My particular branch of the scientific field, virology, is SO current right now. A better question would be, “What aren’t you going to talk about?” I mean, really. There is the whole Ebola outbreak, the spread of Chikungunya into the western hemisphere, MERS Virus (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome), (my personal favorite) Dengue virus and thats only if I stick to viruses. I may be a virologist at heart but I have been trained in infectious disease science as whole. If you want to step out of the disease arena for a bit science as a whole is super interesting! This is point in the post where you realize that I am a huge science nerd but even if you don’t you have an interest in all of the technical bits of science, there is still the social aspects. STEM careers like many other careers have a serious gap between the number of men and women as well the number of white scientists when compared to scientists of color. That’s a HUGE area to explore and lucky for me (and you, if you into discussing this type of thing) I am both a woman and scientist of color! I wasn’t joking when I said there was SO MUCH to talk about.

But alas, I think I may have gotten a bit ahead of myself here. I should probably share a bit about myself. I am a second year PhD student studying biomedical sciences with a focus on viruses/virology. My personal interest, vector-borne (spread by insects) diseases, is where I focus a lot of my attention but not all (I am a huge nerd and lover of many things). I also happen to be African American and female. This few facts alone have led to extremely interesting (and sometimes frustrating, terrifying, and exciting) dynamics both in my field and in life in general.

I am starting this blog as way to chronicle the rest of my journey through grad school, my thoughts on science as current events and in pop culture, as well as throw my hat into the ring also known as science communication (i.e. Science for the non-scientists). I promise to try and make this blog as interesting as possible but also reserve the right to geek out as often as I would like!