Scientoons are my new favorite thing!

Scientoons are my new favorite thing!

One of the coolest regular events I attended while in Vancouver was Nerd Nite, where self-confessed ‘nerds’ share their projects and stories. On my first Nerd Nite, I learned about Scientoons – cartoons about science. Although younger audiences are just as important as older ones, I feel like they are often left out when it comes to our science communication efforts. Cartoons are a great way to spark kids’ interest in science, and can make learning much more appealing to…

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This is supposed to be hard

This is supposed to be hard

In a few hours, I will be boarding a plane to leave Vancouver and make my way to Chiang Mai, Thailand. I got six months of traveling through Southeast Asia ahead of me. But it’s a bittersweet feeling. To be honest, it’s more bitter than sweet right now. I see that as a very positive thing though. I fell in love here, with the city. Even on my bad days here, I still felt extremely lucky to call this place…

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Time for a new perspective

Time for a new perspective

Before I start, I know some of you will not wholly agree with what I have to say, and that’s perfectly fine. Comment on this post and give counter-arguments if you wish, because what I’m writing here is about getting a conversation started, and inviting other perspectives in. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. That is if you keep away from Downtown Eastside, which is like nothing I have ever seen before. This area…

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It’s not just rainbows & butterflies

It’s not just rainbows & butterflies

When I started this blog, I told myself that this will not fall into the category of “glossed over versions of reality.” I think there is enough of that out there, and it is not really helping anyone. Instead I want to be completely honest. Today, I want to share what it is like to move to the other side of the world with anxiety and while recovering from an eating disorder. I will not describe any details, as I…

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Vancouver x Berlin

Vancouver x Berlin

Last weekend marked my “one month in Vancouver” milestone, which made me think about how this city is different from my home city of Berlin. First, I should say I absolutely love Berlin. For me, it is the greatest city in the world. It is really hard to compete with that. However, I could not stay in Berlin anymore because, although I love the city with all my heart, I needed a break from its people. Berliners are rude, unfriendly,…

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Techno – balm for my soul, fuel for my academic career.

Techno – balm for my soul, fuel for my academic career.

If you are serious about your academic path, being in university and keeping up with all the coursework is time-consuming, and sometimes overwhelming. If you also have a job at the same time. It is far too easy to lose yourself in work. There’s always something you could be working on, because as a student you don’t really get to have a break. Reading, research, exams, papers, presentations, and the list could go on and on. The same holds true…

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Why I decided to publish my Master’s thesis

Why I decided to publish my Master’s thesis

A little over a month ago, I published my Master’s thesis (you can read about it here). Special thanks to the amazing team at ScienceOpen, who made it all possible and painless. I will write about the publishing process another time. One reason why I wanted to publish my thesis was that, realistically, nobody really cares about thesis grades later on in your career, but a publication gives you credibility. Master’s degrees are relatively common these days, but a publication…

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