Science has known no borders in terms of countries and cultures. Like music, science unites people from all walks of life, regardless of your upbringing and cultural background. Since I have set my eyes to pursue the journey of research, working in a multicultural setting is the icing on the cake to my research training as a scientist.
PhD management is probably the last thing new PhD candidates have in mind when they embark on their research journey. Similar to businesses and projects, a PhD needs to be well managed.
As I am writing this reflection on the first day returning to the lab, I am thinking what should I be looking forward to 2021. There is still a lot of work to be done, before I could compile my work into a thesis for submission. The uncertainty does worry me a little, as the the fifth wave of pandemic hits.
I find that the most challenging aspect of being a PhD research candidate is not just the research work itself, but also the people who you work with.
As I have grown to be more aware of how impactful good mentoring is to help students strive and grow, both in their career and personality.
This year being present physically in many national or international conferences has not been possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While all of us a grappling with the new normal due to the pandemic, this unprecedented situation has paved way to virtual conferencing.