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Having people to look up to (your own superheroes) can help keeping you move forward toward your goals.

Before I get into the list, I want to be real for a moment:

Following the “right” people on social media isn’t going to make or break your grad school career. However, if you’re visual person like me who gets motivated and inspired by images, it might help. And hell, you might make some great contacts online.

Making friends with your cohorts is so important, because higher education demands a lot from you: your time, your energy, your sanity, a liver, couple of kidneys, etc. But sometimes, there might not be time to hang out with them or to get together for a group study. Sometimes it’s past midnight and you still haven’t finished your homework for the next day and you’re losing hope. Sometimes it’s just nice knowing you’re not alone.

And when I suggest that you follow these people, I encourage you to actually talk to them. I encourage you to share your own stories on IG or Twitter, whichever your preference. Maybe someone who is in the same boat will reach out. By the way, if you’re talking about your grad school experience on Twitter, one way to make it easy for people to find your tweet is adding the hashtag #phdchat. I felt a little like a cheat whenever I added that, because I was in a master’s program, but #masterschat is apparently too long or not as trending.

One last thing, I would recommend following your university on social media, that includes the library, the gym (however it’s referred to, Oakland University’s gym is called the Recreation Center or Rec Center), the university main hub, the campus police, various clubs; there are usually options. You never know if you might come across handy information.

Here are my IG suggestions! I have one of their latest posts as examples. These are in no particular order.

Not a student. I know, dude. How can you not feel excited about academia when the professor is so hyped, though! I recommend following your favorite professors if they’re on social media.

Her focus revolves mostly around fitness, but she shares her journey in grad school as well. Plus, as I’ve said earlier, exercising is a life-saver once you rise higher in academics.

Recent graduate (like me!) and who better to ask about grad school than the people who have reached the end of the tunnel.

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#ScholarSunday – “Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear⠀ ⠀ Something that has brought me a lot of joy lately is being creative. Letting my mind wander. And following these bits of excitement and fascination. Sometime they don’t last long and sometimes they build off the next. It’s fun and exciting. And brings me life.⠀ ⠀ I’ve been trying to bring this creativity to strategically think about Scholar Culture and combine it with my research and advocacy work.⠀ ⠀ I have some exciting things in the works. Not sure where it’s really going but stay tuned ✨⠀ ⠀ What is your creative outlet? ⠀ ⠀ PS – I love the book quoted above, HIGHLY recommend. ⠀

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Such a professional blog! This woman is an insightful, fun positive force. Her content always brighten my day.

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I'm holding 5 plates ✋ for 5 different experiments 👩‍🔬, but how many will be successful🤔? _____________________ Let's talk about trial and error ❌. Edit: let's talk about a LOT of trials 🔄 and a TON of errors 😂. _____________________ Out of these 5 plates, 1-2 of them will be 'successful' ✔️, while the rest will probably give me results that generate more questions 💭 than they answer. _____________________ What I'm saying is: on a good day, the success rate of an experiment is about 1 in 5🤓. _____________________ Science isn't always glamorous 🤩. News 📰 headliners say "Scientists made a super exciting discovery this week!", but behind those headlines are a lot of failed experiments 😂🧐. _____________________ Failed experiments aren't failed endeavours, however. No matter how the experiment turns out, we always learn something 💡🎓 (even if we didn't learn exactly what we expected 😉)

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For the scientist in you! I’m just loving how women in STEAM are sharing their stories online nowadays. It’s awesome for girls and other women who are dreaming of becoming engineers or something and they get to see that it’s perfectly normal. Not to mention fucking cool!

Everyone needs a laugh.