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02 Get a Cat

Updated: Aug 17


What a month!

10 planes and countless names. And in between all the conferences, I’ve been writing my thesis.

In the midst of all this travel, data analysis, and writing, I’ve been trying to stay connected to my squad, my tribe, i.e. the people who bring me tranquility and joy. And admittedly, it was very hard at times.

We discussed – at length – this idea of creating your community in graduate school, and staying connected to them in our second episode. I interviewed one of my great friends, who is in the midst of finishing her PhD in Engineering. She’s an absolute rockstar. In fact, she was one of the first people I reached out to when I first thought of doing this podcast, because she’s funny, emotive and smart. And she gives great advice.

Graduate school can be extremely isolating; finding and keeping your community can be an overlooked aspect of your degree. It can be very hard to find time to be a human being outside of your research, but I’ve found that spending time with your tribe is not only helpful, but necessary.

This week, I went to see The Lion King with two of my favourite people. And for two hours, I wasn’t a PhD student in the midst of writing her thesis. I was a person who knew every single word of the animated masterpiece that is the Lion King, and was enamoured by the beauty of the live-action version.

I hope you can find your community, and when needed, seize moments to be near them when your experiments fail. Or at the very least, get a cat.

Peace and blessings, Asma


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