Author: Sarah Noelle


Ten things I wish I’d known before starting a PhD

Hi! So a few years ago when I was finishing up my PhD and deciding what to do next, I had various comments and questions from readers about how to decide whether a PhD and/or a career in academia is a good fit. I’ve also talked to a lot of people in real life who …

big questions, career, questions, random thoughts

Teacher, Scientist, Artist, Nurse

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Perhaps this sentiment is more suited to an 11-year-old than to someone in her mid-30s, but I’m comfortable with it. After all, it’s not that uncommon: I have a substantial number of friends around my age who still don’t know what they …

food, random thoughts, self-compassion

The Candy Country and Other Preoccupations

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I am an incredibly lazy cook. My general rules of thumb when making dinner for myself have always been: Max number of pots/pans allowed to be used to make a meal = one (but ideally zero) I’m hungry so this had better not take long No …