The Happiness Project of a final year PhD student

Hi all! So, this post will be the first about many challenges I have been developing for career growth, and I have seen so many Portuguese bloggers do this challenge since Cláudia from Officinalis talked about this in her podcast (in Portuguese). I also joined the Facebook group (in Portuguese as well). And, as I …

66 things I learned while doing Route 66

Hi all! This post is a super requested one. If you have been following me on the last year, you will know that I traveled a lot more than I expected across the US. And my main travel adventure thus far was doing Route 66! I did this with 3 people who were my companion …

New year, new life for the blog!

Hi all! As you might have noticed, I changed the template for the blog. Yay! Still plenty of things need to be changed, like making this more colorful again, but I am excited for now having an image that is more cohesive with me. So, stay with me this year 🙂 I stared the New …

Monthly reflections of 2017

Hi all! I know, for many times I said I want to get back to writing more. But I have been more busy writing manuscripts for my PhD thesis and preparing for my first Christmas in the US! I chose not to spend Christmas at home for financial and adventure reasons. Anyway, I have my …

A week in Portugal in pictures

Hi all! As I suggested on social media, I was in Portugal to visit my parents, sister, all the family and friends. I already showed some pictures on my photoshoot post at my alma mater, Instituto Superior Técnico, but I thought I should do a recap for you guys to have an idea of it …

I did a photoshoot at my alma mater! Celebrate your graduation

(All photo credits: Catarina Alves de Sousa) Hi all! So, this month I was very busy with my surprise trip to Portugal, as I wrote on the post about feeling homesick. I have a lot to write about still and a recap of the events of my week there, like being with plenty of friends …

How to deal with homesickness during your PhD abroad

Hi all! First post of November, which is ironically a month dedicated to writing. There’s the National Novel Writing Month in the US and I hope I can get a lot of pages for my personal novels (first PhD manuscript, first PhD chapter, blog) in this month. But first, of all, big news… I’M HOME! …

5 Lessons from The Bold Type for my PhD (and life)

(Feature image credits: Freeform) Hi all! So yeah, in September I almost didn’t write, that’s too bad! Between coming back from vacation, investing on meetings and conferences (including a huge all nighter like I didn’t do in ages!), going for my first solo trip in North America to Montreal, Canada, and enjoying the last days …

5 reasons why I’m excited for Fall!

Hi all! The last time you heard of me here on the blog, I was doing the Blog Every Day in August challenge. However, I decided to break it off and just rest. I was having a lot of stress on my PhD life already and I started a huge vacation across the US (there …

Whale watching in Massachusetts

Hi all! Here I am trying to catch up with the post that should have been released yesterday. For the #summerofstem challenge of yesterday, the theme was “splash”. And the theme of today is “sun-day” So I thought, what better way to celebrate this topic than a sunny day where I saw so many whales …