New year, new me? No thanks, I’m okay

This’s been quite a year! Loads of things have changed inside and outside me! As the end of the year is approaching, I am trying to make a sammury of what’s been so far. I have started this tradition in 2018, click here to check the blog article. Back then, I started changing my approach to NYR. Since all my previous resolutions failed miserably, I decided that just writing down a couple of blanket statements would let me nowhere.

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Celebrating Christmas…in lockdown!

I am not sure if I can put into words the feeling of anger, disappointment, frustration, sadness and depression I went through last night to hear the tragic news of a new lockdown starting from today (Dec 20th) until the 30th. I have been working flat out since March, using part of my holidays and weekends to finish off my PhD thesis. I literally had nothing to do outside work to decompress and I was counting the minutes before enjoying my Christmas holiday and the much-needed rest. I needed a mental break from this pandemic and space to breathe as I am sure everyone else did too. But the Grinch arrived last night, so here we are! All I feel right now is stress on top of more stress accumulated during this exhausting and exasperating year!

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The buy nothing season is coming up

The 2020 “festive season” is round the corner and black Friday, happening tomorrow on Nov 27th, is the first occasion when we are all “encouraged” to take advantage of great deals and bargains. This year, I was looking forward to enjoying all the discounts and I had quite a number of things on my shopping list. I have a real job and a decent salary now, so I thought I would update my life with nice and expensive things after brief unemployment and 4 years of living on PhD salary.

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Second lockdown, who this?

Long time no see! After two months off, I am back to blogging. I have been wondering what to do with this website and whether it was the case to keep it at all for a long time. So many things have changed this year. Lockdown, relocation, career transition haven’t been easy to deal with. I am struggling to find my own voice, identity and what I want to do going forward. It goes without saying that my existential dilemma has an impact on my online activities because most of my brand is myself. It took a month to decide to keep the website and pay WordPress for my personal plan and the domain. I just figured that I can keep talking about this transition and the process of figuring out what I want to do with my life and identity.

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How to get a job in industry – A personal perspective

Two weeks ago, I received a wonderful news. I passed my six month-probation and I have a permanent contract as reserach scientist in industry now. Considering the global pandemic and the economic recession, I feel like my permanent contract is worth 10 times more than it would have last year. Note: a while back I expressed my wish to talk about myself and my new life in Kent rather than PhD and my job. Unfortunately, with the pandemic, all activities outside working are non-extistent, so to keep my blog alive, I feel like I need to talk about professional things.

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It’s okay if you feel stuck with your life!

I haven’t been particularly happy over the last 3 months and this is pretty much the reason why I am no longer as active as I was with blogging. All I have to say is negative, I feel negative and negativity comes up in any conversation I have with family and friends. I had loads of expectations for this year. My first year outside school, my first job, making a life on my own with my own money without relying on the money of my parents. Probably I was naive to think that everything would come together at the first shot or maybe I do have everything and the sadness of the moment shadows all the rest.

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A day in London – my favourite places

I haven’t been to London since the day I moved from Nottingham to Kent. It was the beginning of March when we knew about this coronavirus but many wouldn’t take it so seriously. I remember being very nervous to be in London although it was a short stay at Saint Pancras international to change train. After 6 months spent in Kent only and not being able to visit Italy due to travel restrictions, I took advantage of the last available day of using the student discount of my railway card and went to London for one day.

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I don’t have any regret about my PhD!

When I look back at my PhD, I have no regrets. I did everything I could to make the most of the opportunity I got and of my time abroad as an international student. I wrote an article about this last year on bringing my PhD up to the next level. Of course, this doesn’t only apply to a PhD programme, you can do and achieve the same things with a master degree or a postdoc.

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Plans for 2020? No, thanks!

Aug the 9th marked my 5th month into my new job, 5 months since I moved to Kent and 5 months of a global pandemic. I didn’t want to write this article because it seems like I have been repeating the same things for the last 5 months. 5 months ago, I was the happiest person in the world. After so many sacrifices, hard work and dedication, I had finished my PhD and was about to start my new job.

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