Meditation

Meditation:Mental Health Elixir

  Mental health is a growing problem in the world. The World Bank predicts that by 2020, depression will be the disease with the highest global economic burden. There are many causes of depression like genetics, brain chemicals, life situation and stress. Stress- defined as brain’s response to any demand, is one of the many reason in…

Smell the Roses

The snow is melting outside and even the frozen Huron River is back to it’s sparklingly glorious self. With final projects and exams approaching, you can feel the collective anxiety and stress building at UM School of Public Health. It’s a transitional time as first year students like myself head out to our internships in…

A milestone-induced illness is alright with me

I passed a pretty significant milestone in the PhD process two weeks ago: the data meeting. I thought this was a standard part of the PhD process, but it wasn’t until I started asking my non-EHS friends what their experiences were like when I realized that this staging point is erected only in some departments.…

A State of Incompatibility

So. I’m putting together this paper for publication. While I actually relish the writing and putting together of  ideas, organizing the jumble in my head, and making them coherent and cohesive on paper, what I don’t like is rooting for citations. I enjoy almost everything about the manuscript process. I like doing literature reviews and finding…

Over and Done

It’s over. I am now a Registered Dietitian! Leaving the testing center (I had to drive to Lansing…what’s up with that? I was really surprised Ann Arbor didn’t have a testing center), I had such incredible feelings of happiness and relief. The last three years have been a blur; it felt like I was always…

I can see The Light

Pre-graduate school, I remember hearing  stories about what grad life was like (work piles on the desk, no sleep, pale skin, crazy schedules, distractions galore) but was confident that I would be in total control of my life and schedule. As evidenced by my lack of posts, I clearly don’t have a solid grip on…

Life as a Grad Student– and GSI

Hello all! I hope finals are going okay (“grumble grumble just get me through”). I hear you, but don’t despair, break is just around the bend. I just wanted to write a short post on what it is like to be a GSI and be in graduate school full time. I feel very fortunate to…