05 // A practical guide to your first engineering conference

Since this was the first time I’d attended an engineering conference of this scale, and my first time presenting at one, I didn’t know what to expect. More senior doctoral students had told me about their experiences at other conferences, but it became apparent that each has its own character, its own charms and idiosyncrasies. Nevertheless, I thought I’d share some general reflections on and learnings from my experience, both for my own future reference and in the hopes that other graduate students might benefit, too. I’ve scaffolded this mix of commentary around short pieces of advice, listed here in rough chronological order from pre-conference preparations to post-conference follow-ups.

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WYW // Worth Your While: Lethal Sexism, Tim Ferriss, Secrets of Successful Research Students

A combination of final exams, a spring break trip to Stockholm, and some research gearing up diverted my time and attention from blogging. So until next week's essay on the American concept of and obsession with leadership, enjoy some links!

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01 // Books Will Save You: Reflections On 2016, and What I Read

2016 was anything but constant. So it's not surprising that I've developed a deep-seated need for self-discipline, routine, and tradition - creating constancy in my self, since it has been so lacking in my surroundings. And it's even less surprising that in the tumult of moving, graduating, and tentatively entering the adult world, I turned to books for wisdom, comfort, and old-fashioned escapism.  

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