I’m hoping to keep this blog somewhat active, but if I fail, you can find me over at Lateral Magazine, where I have my own monthly column talking all things science.
If you have any ideas for me (or for you! The editor is always open to new pitches, contact details are on the Lateral site), please let me know and I’ll overthink them to my heart’s content.
Here’s my new location’s blurb, which I didn’t personally write but it’s preeeetty accurate.
“Overt Analyser is a monthly column by Chloe Warren that reflects on her experiences as a twenty-something scientist. Chloe is a PhD student in medical genetics at the University of Newcastle and really thinks too much about most things.”
Just quietly, I’m pretty chuffed to be getting paid to be doing something I love. It’s been a long time coming!
So long, and thanks for all the fish*.
*feedback and support
While it’s great to be surrounded by successful people in the workplace, sometimes it can be just as intimidating as it is inspiring. I am the type of person who tends to compare themselves to everyone else. It’s a really terrible way to be, and it leads to jealousy and insecurity, which are two really ugly things to be.
After a lot of thought (I’m good at that), I realised that if I really have to be comparing myself to anyone, it should be to a younger version of me. That way, I will come to recognise just how much I have achieved, instead of resenting what I haven’t yet achieved (or maybe never will). It also serves as a motivational tool.
I bring this up now because I have just finished my first notebook of my PhD. I’m a big fan of notebooks, and the thought of having a bookshelf full of battered, crinkly paged notebooks containing my major thought processes, plans and ideas is a really nifty one. I work well from brain storms and diagrams, and a scientific paper makes no sense to me until I have scribbled a few pages about it. Hence I have been filling up those pages pretty quickly.
Here is me, stopping to recognise that, four months into my PhD, I have made a notebook-worth of ideas, plans, readings and…progress. While later stages of these timeline-of-me-comparisons may include publications, conference abstracts, promotions, projects etc. , this is all I have right now, and that’s fine with me. The four-month-younger version of me didn’t even have that.