Dear Germany letter, from a PhD aspirant

By Guest author on November 10, 2017

Dear Germany,

I hear you’re wondering why so many young researchers are leaving the country to pursue their careers elsewhere. Well, here’s my take on it, from the perspective of someone looking to do a PhD:

Tags: PhD, academia

It always takes more time. Always.

By Suhas Vijayakumar on June 28, 2017

The last time my supervisor asked me when he could expect me to write up a report of our project, I had confidently said, “two weeks.” It has been two months since and I’m now two weeks away from completing it. I think.

Tags: advice, PhD, academia

Getting feedback from students – starterkit

By Suhas Vijayakumar on June 28, 2017

Obtaining relevant feedback is the key to improve irrespective of the field. It’s true for artificially intelligent systems, it’s true for organizations, and it’s true for individuals. And reflecting on such feedback can prove to be extremely helpful when someone is in training. I’m in one such scenario. I’m training to be a qualified teacher.

Tags: teaching, PhD

On having difficult conversations

By Suhas Vijayakumar on June 13, 2017

The only weight a school-going child should bear on their shoulder should be that of the textbooks. Their only worry should be about meeting the deadlines of their homework or preparing for the upcoming test. Yet, there I was, finding myself having a conversation about child sexual abuse with a friend. I tried to comprehend what kind of childhood they had, when they explained that the weight of their books, or thoughts of the upcoming test was the least of their concerns when they left home for school.

Tags: life

On asking the right questions

By Suhas Vijayakumar on June 9, 2017

The true power of having some information is not in the sheer amount of facts that it packs, but in understanding what you could potentially do with all that information. Developing this understanding is by no means an easy process. You’d have to constantly predict something based on the information you have and patiently wait to see what the universe throws back at you. And when it comes to developing this understanding, be it figuring out why traffic is heavier than usual, or why your brain works the way it does, it is easy to fall into the trap of looking at what has happened and thinking, “Oh! Of course. Should’ve seen it coming.”

Tags: academia, PhD, science