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The thing I’ve been loving about the end of the semester it’s that I can get so much rest. And work on The Academic Society from my bed!
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Speaking of. There will be a new video on my YouTube channel tomorrow (Sunday) and I’ll be showing off my “acting” skills. .
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I did a little dramatization of life before and after making friends in grad school. Then I share my top tips on how to make friends in grad school. .
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There is a link to my YouTube channel, The Academic Society with Toyin Alli, in my bio. You should definitely subscribe so you don’t miss out on my Golden Globe worthy performance! 😂😂😂
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 #gradlife #gradschoollife #academiclife #phdlife #gradstudentlife #phinished #phdstudent
The thing I’ve been loving about the end of the semester it’s that I can get so much rest. And work on The Academic Society from my bed! . . Speaking of. There will be a new video on my YouTube channel tomorrow (Sunday) and I’ll be showing off my “acting” skills. . . I did a little dramatization of life before and after making friends in grad school. Then I share my top tips on how to make friends in grad school. . . There is a link to my YouTube channel, The Academic Society with Toyin Alli, in my bio. You should definitely subscribe so you don’t miss out on my Golden Globe worthy performance! 😂😂😂 . . #gradlife  #gradschoollife  #academiclife  #phdlife  #gradstudentlife  #phinished  #phdstudent 
Fon-don’t-you-dare waste the last bite! Cheesin’ in Bern with my MINCs! Hipster Christmas markets with sustainable bamboo sunglasses, eco-chocolate and a whole lot of cheese! But seriously we ate fondue with roasted veggies and it was amazing. Potatoes and cauliflower were the best...that makes this healthy right?! .
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#foodie #foodpic #foodblogger #foodgram #instagood #instafood #switzerland #fondue #feedfeed #cheese #eeeeeats #christmas #weihnachtsmarkt #friends #travel #holiday #gradlife #eatlocal #eatlocallythinkglobally #bern
Fon-don’t-you-dare waste the last bite! Cheesin’ in Bern with my MINCs! Hipster Christmas markets with sustainable bamboo sunglasses, eco-chocolate and a whole lot of cheese! But seriously we ate fondue with roasted veggies and it was amazing. Potatoes and cauliflower were the best...that makes this healthy right?! . . . . . . . #foodie  #foodpic  #foodblogger  #foodgram  #instagood  #instafood  #switzerland  #fondue  #feedfeed  #cheese  #eeeeeats  #christmas  #weihnachtsmarkt  #friends  #travel  #holiday  #gradlife  #eatlocal  #eatlocallythinkglobally  #bern 
(I don’t care what mama says)
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#jewish #jewishgirl #pale #pretty #spoonie #chronicillnessqueen #gradstudent #gradlife #newdresstho
My first attempt at a Christmas ornament didn't turn out too bad. The others were better though, same style but slightly different patterns, I'll post them next. Do you have any recommendation on working with Aida, and felt? In this case I glued the Aida to the felt then sewed it to the back (full felt), but it doesn't feel it's gonna last forever. Tips? 😊
My first attempt at a Christmas ornament didn't turn out too bad. The others were better though, same style but slightly different patterns, I'll post them next. Do you have any recommendation on working with Aida, and felt? In this case I glued the Aida to the felt then sewed it to the back (full felt), but it doesn't feel it's gonna last forever. Tips? 😊
One year down, only 4ish months to go!
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A year ago today, my boyfriend of 6 years, Chris, proposed and we’ll be getting married in April on our 8 year anniversary! Fun fact, the day Chris proposed was the day before two of the biggest finals of my Master’s degree, so I had to celebrate really quick then get to studying! But it was also the day his parents got married, and that made it special 💕
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I’ve been low key wedding planning since, but finishing my Master’s degree and starting my PhD has kept me pretty busy! It’s been hard to put aside my work to wedding plan, and then wedding planning in itself is stressful, so finding time to relax and take time for myself has been a struggle. BUT this weekend I’m taking time to plan some of the fun things for the wedding (like music 💃) and craft presents for family members for the holidays now that the semester is over. I’ll be back in the lab next week before I leave for break, but until then, I’ll be in my pajamas with hot chocolate, watching cheesy movies!
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Self-care has been a really popular topic in social media these days, and for good reason. Our busy lifestyles and seemingly constant stress can wreak havoc on our mental and emotional health! As a student/scientist, it can be especially hard to take breaks when there’s a ton to do in the lab, data analysis to do, or endless papers to read. I’ve been loving the advice of accounts like @ph_d_epression , @grad_selfcare and @thestemsquad as I get into the swing of my PhD!
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What are you doing for yourself this weekend? Let me know in the comments!
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Photo credit: @eaperture
One year down, only 4ish months to go! . A year ago today, my boyfriend of 6 years, Chris, proposed and we’ll be getting married in April on our 8 year anniversary! Fun fact, the day Chris proposed was the day before two of the biggest finals of my Master’s degree, so I had to celebrate really quick then get to studying! But it was also the day his parents got married, and that made it special 💕 . I’ve been low key wedding planning since, but finishing my Master’s degree and starting my PhD has kept me pretty busy! It’s been hard to put aside my work to wedding plan, and then wedding planning in itself is stressful, so finding time to relax and take time for myself has been a struggle. BUT this weekend I’m taking time to plan some of the fun things for the wedding (like music 💃) and craft presents for family members for the holidays now that the semester is over. I’ll be back in the lab next week before I leave for break, but until then, I’ll be in my pajamas with hot chocolate, watching cheesy movies! . Self-care has been a really popular topic in social media these days, and for good reason. Our busy lifestyles and seemingly constant stress can wreak havoc on our mental and emotional health! As a student/scientist, it can be especially hard to take breaks when there’s a ton to do in the lab, data analysis to do, or endless papers to read. I’ve been loving the advice of accounts like @ph_d_epression , @grad_selfcare and @thestemsquad as I get into the swing of my PhD! . . What are you doing for yourself this weekend? Let me know in the comments! . . Photo credit: @eaperture
Introducing the graduate! She the last of the 4. It's official. The era is closed. Kat!! isn't she lovely 😍😍😍. Operation graduation complete. I love you ladies xoxo. #myboos #mpa2018 #endofanera❤️ #lovemyladies #soproud #operationgraduate2018 #gradlife
Did I mention how much I enjoy the farmer’s market? I miss my usual company, but a breather between papers is definitely helpful. 오늘은 파머스 마켓 혼자! 다음주에 한국 가기에 캄부차 따로 하프갤런으로 사진 않고 컵으로! 타말레스도 맛있어요~~~ 잠깐 쉬니 살거같네요. #tamales #farmersmarket #marinerschurch #kambucha #beamensch #fermensch #gradlife #파머스마켓 #마켓스타그램 #휴식스타그램 #마이쪙 #어바인라이프 #대학원라이프
Did I mention how much I enjoy the farmer’s market? I miss my usual company, but a breather between papers is definitely helpful. 오늘은 파머스 마켓 혼자! 다음주에 한국 가기에 캄부차 따로 하프갤런으로 사진 않고 컵으로! 타말레스도 맛있어요~~~ 잠깐 쉬니 살거같네요. #tamales  #farmersmarket  #marinerschurch  #kambucha  #beamensch  #fermensch  #gradlife  #파머스마켓  #마켓스타그램  #휴식스타그램  #마이쪙  #어바인라이프  #대학원라이프 
‪Dec. ‘18 grading brought to you by sparkling French berry lemonade ‬💁🏻‍♀️💕 #finals #grading #gradlife #lemonade #sparkling #traderjoes @traderjoes
After submitting four (4) Ph.D. applications and with four (4) more on the horizon, this is essential. #yoga #studygram #litblr #gradlife #gradschoolproblems #englishmajor #englishmajorproblems
This is what it takes to keep me functional each day. No, I can't just snap out of a major depression. No, I can't just "get over" my PTSD. No, I can't just try harder and I'm not lazy because I have ADHD (which is very real, very debilitating and has nearly cost me everything I care about). And no, getting out more doesn't fix my social anxiety. Taking medication to help me function doesn't make me weak. If anything, it means I know my limitations and I'm willing to ask for help when needed. I can't just exercise, meditate or think positively and make my mental health issues disappear. I just have to stay responsible, and work twice as hard as neurotypicals to achieve my goals. 
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #majordepression #depression #anxiety #ptsd #cptsd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #notashamed #awareness #cptsd #adhd #adultadhd #bpd #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #dysthymia #ptsdawareness #survivor #trauma #gradlife #mastersdegree #mentalillness #endthestigma #breakthestigma #meds #selfcare #cbt
This is what it takes to keep me functional each day. No, I can't just snap out of a major depression. No, I can't just "get over" my PTSD. No, I can't just try harder and I'm not lazy because I have ADHD (which is very real, very debilitating and has nearly cost me everything I care about). And no, getting out more doesn't fix my social anxiety. Taking medication to help me function doesn't make me weak. If anything, it means I know my limitations and I'm willing to ask for help when needed. I can't just exercise, meditate or think positively and make my mental health issues disappear. I just have to stay responsible, and work twice as hard as neurotypicals to achieve my goals. #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #majordepression  #depression  #anxiety  #ptsd  #cptsd  #bipolar  #bipolardisorder  #notashamed  #awareness  #cptsd  #adhd  #adultadhd  #bpd  #borderlinepersonalitydisorder  #dysthymia  #ptsdawareness  #survivor  #trauma  #gradlife  #mastersdegree  #mentalillness  #endthestigma  #breakthestigma  #meds  #selfcare  #cbt 
Been nice knowing everyone. I'm trapped by a giant chapter and a giant cat for the foreseeable future.

#blessed #blackcat #blackcatsofinstagram #adoptblackcats #rescueblackcat #babypanther #tinypanther #mrpanther #prettykitty #grumpycat #gradstudent #egyptologist #egyptology #amarna #dissertation #gradlife
- Experienced Nam June Paik’s work. I’m still not over it. #artgasm #namjunepaik #mfa #artistsoninstagram #artnerds #gradlife
Yeah, totally decided to be be THAT kinda of basic.
Yeah, totally decided to be be THAT kinda of basic.
When you have been reading nothing but text books for the last 3 months and Christmas break comes around! 😬😬😬#gradlife #lovemylibrary #booknerd
When you have been reading nothing but text books for the last 3 months and Christmas break comes around! 😬😬😬#gradlife  #lovemylibrary  #booknerd 
Louis Gularte (visiting from Brown) on “Suffering is Bad” or “Nothing is Bad” 
Memorable quotes by Louis: “Well, there’s what friendship’s about, and then there’s what life is about.” .
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#philosophy #philosopher #gradlife #phdlife #talk #academia #scholar #shelfie #goblue #gogrue #michigan #gswg
There's no better makeup 💄 that self-confidence (Shakira). #slay
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Can't agree with this quote no more. I usually don't feel intimidated by other women who looks more attractive 😋 than me, have a better body than mine 🏃🏽‍♀️ or wear fancier clothing than mine👗. This isn't because of arrogance, it's because none else is me!
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I recently was in the same room with a girl who was 10 times more attractive than me, younger and in better shape than mine. She's also a scientist 🧠. I initially saw her as a threat. Then, I put my head straight back again and said to myself "she doesn't have my experience, knowledge, strength, voice 📣, confidence, no need to be scared". Empowered women empower women, don't tear each other up. .
Frankly, I think that this idea of being attractive, doing make up💅🏼, being always on top comes from this toxic mentality ☣ that women aren't enough is men don't find them attractive. Sexist stereotypes are killing society, science and everything you can think of ⚰.
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Work on yourself, invest in personal development📈, figure out what makes you unique and discover the true #badass that is in yourself. This is what attracts other women and the opposite sex. And if people don't appreciate your true self, leave the alone, they don't deserve you! .
#believeinyourself #slayqueen
There's no better makeup 💄 that self-confidence (Shakira). #slay  . Can't agree with this quote no more. I usually don't feel intimidated by other women who looks more attractive 😋 than me, have a better body than mine 🏃🏽‍♀️ or wear fancier clothing than mine👗. This isn't because of arrogance, it's because none else is me! . I recently was in the same room with a girl who was 10 times more attractive than me, younger and in better shape than mine. She's also a scientist 🧠. I initially saw her as a threat. Then, I put my head straight back again and said to myself "she doesn't have my experience, knowledge, strength, voice 📣, confidence, no need to be scared". Empowered women empower women, don't tear each other up. . Frankly, I think that this idea of being attractive, doing make up💅🏼, being always on top comes from this toxic mentality ☣ that women aren't enough is men don't find them attractive. Sexist stereotypes are killing society, science and everything you can think of ⚰. . Work on yourself, invest in personal development📈, figure out what makes you unique and discover the true #badass  that is in yourself. This is what attracts other women and the opposite sex. And if people don't appreciate your true self, leave the alone, they don't deserve you! . #believeinyourself  #slayqueen 
Snowflakes I made last night! I have a bunch of shots of each painting so b u c k l e u p.
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Which one is your favourite 🤔?
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#watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #acuarela #worldwatercolorgroup #art_spotlight #artgram #artoftheday #watercolor_daily #watercolorpainting #practice #progress #snow #snowflakes #winter #pink #blue #dreamy #winterwonderland #phd #phdstudent #gradlife #gradschool #oise #uoft #hamont #saturday #caturday
Snowflakes I made last night! I have a bunch of shots of each painting so b u c k l e u p. - - Which one is your favourite 🤔? - - - - - - #watercolour  #watercolor  #aquarelle  #acuarela  #worldwatercolorgroup  #art_spotlight  #artgram  #artoftheday  #watercolor_daily  #watercolorpainting  #practice  #progress  #snow  #snowflakes  #winter  #pink  #blue  #dreamy  #winterwonderland  #phd  #phdstudent  #gradlife  #gradschool  #oise  #uoft  #hamont  #saturday  #caturday 
Good morning from scenic Allen Fieldhouse, where we are gathered here today to watch @kuhoops #beatnova because #revenge is a thing. #rcjh #rockchalk #KU #kucoms #gradlife #wouldnotmisstheworld #butdrivingbacktocawhenthisgameends #longeststudentsectionlineever
Post grad depression is about to start but this is my way celebrating the last day of being a grad student in Carnegie hall’s exclusive program feat. Jamie Barton🔥

#gradlife #theend #carnegiehall #newyork #nonistagram #노니뭐하고노니 #수고했어오늘도
When your anatomy prof ask you to draw something up for him. #zentangle #zentangleart #doodle #anatomy #anatomyart #heartart #gradlife #student #occupationaltherapy #aota #arttherapy#mujipens @mujiusa
Delayed gratifications 🎓
Delayed gratifications 🎓
Day 500. The one with lab juniors. 
#gradlife #phd #research #chemistry #medicinalchemistry
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson...
...Man, I feel this truth in my core. Being yourself is so. freaking. hard. I realize this problem comes from a place of privilege, because there is so much in this life I don’t have to deal with due to my societal status, which in turn affords me the ability to focus on searching for my identity as opposed to fighting for basic rights, but I still think in the end we all fight this battle to be authentic in a world that is intrinsically pushing us to be something we aren’t. There are so many boxes societal norms try to trap you in, that it’s tough to claw your way to the surface and actually see your own reflection...
...2019 is the year that I want so desperately to stop immediately apologizing for just simply living life. Before I even finish doing something I’m apologizing about it for no reason and it just tumbles out of my mouth before I even think about it. This is the year I want to be unapologetically me. I want to chase my wildest dreams and make an impact. Even if I try my hardest and help just one person, everything I go through will be worth it...
...I can’t wait...
...In this hour and a half we spent together, @sarahmarchesseault was her fun, quirky, laughing, beautiful, strong, poised self and it was a joy to capture. The people I photograph continue to inspire change in my life. That’s why I decided, why not make it a three parter??? I love breaking the rules that I set in my own head so long ago and posting photos whenever I want, in whatever order I choose, at whatever time I feel like. It’s quite nice. Sorry for the yet again, super long caption, but maybe I’ll go back and read all these puppies in a couple years and write a book or something...
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson... ...Man, I feel this truth in my core. Being yourself is so. freaking. hard. I realize this problem comes from a place of privilege, because there is so much in this life I don’t have to deal with due to my societal status, which in turn affords me the ability to focus on searching for my identity as opposed to fighting for basic rights, but I still think in the end we all fight this battle to be authentic in a world that is intrinsically pushing us to be something we aren’t. There are so many boxes societal norms try to trap you in, that it’s tough to claw your way to the surface and actually see your own reflection... ...2019 is the year that I want so desperately to stop immediately apologizing for just simply living life. Before I even finish doing something I’m apologizing about it for no reason and it just tumbles out of my mouth before I even think about it. This is the year I want to be unapologetically me. I want to chase my wildest dreams and make an impact. Even if I try my hardest and help just one person, everything I go through will be worth it... ...I can’t wait... ...In this hour and a half we spent together, @sarahmarchesseault was her fun, quirky, laughing, beautiful, strong, poised self and it was a joy to capture. The people I photograph continue to inspire change in my life. That’s why I decided, why not make it a three parter??? I love breaking the rules that I set in my own head so long ago and posting photos whenever I want, in whatever order I choose, at whatever time I feel like. It’s quite nice. Sorry for the yet again, super long caption, but maybe I’ll go back and read all these puppies in a couple years and write a book or something...
Last picture as a Bruin
#bruins #gradlife #bruinbear #ucla #sceneatucla
@asargent13 at #artcenter after one semester. Welcome to #gradLife Mia!
Hell yes! Now my GPA is at 3.889 wooo. Three more classes until my hooding ceremony. Toughest semester yet with being a new mom. 
#gradlife #gradschool
Hell yes! Now my GPA is at 3.889 wooo. Three more classes until my hooding ceremony. Toughest semester yet with being a new mom. #gradlife  #gradschool 
✨Graduation Day ✨
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✨Graduation Day ✨ . . . .
Beyond spoilt to be living somewhere where “winter” break means pretty much nothing below 24 degree (Celsius shhhhh I’m from NZ) weather everyday ❄️🌞
Happy holidays to our fellow #gradlifers lol. We did it!
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#winterinhawaii #winterbreak #finalsareover #beachdays #beachesofhawaii #waimanalobeach #hafekasi #growingaccount #mastudent #mastersdegree #tongan #taahinetonga #gradlife #whitebikini #hilife #oahulife #oahubeaches #latergram #keeprunningsis #polyfitness #delusional #aquariusmoon #virgolibracusp #s4asuitsme
Beyond spoilt to be living somewhere where “winter” break means pretty much nothing below 24 degree (Celsius shhhhh I’m from NZ) weather everyday ❄️🌞 Happy holidays to our fellow #gradlifers  lol. We did it! . . . . #winterinhawaii  #winterbreak  #finalsareover  #beachdays  #beachesofhawaii  #waimanalobeach  #hafekasi  #growingaccount  #mastudent  #mastersdegree  #tongan  #taahinetonga  #gradlife  #whitebikini  #hilife  #oahulife  #oahubeaches  #latergram  #keeprunningsis  #polyfitness  #delusional  #aquariusmoon  #virgolibracusp  #s4asuitsme 
I haven't been sick in 9 years but boy I got slammed this time. My lack of self-care and absolute commitment to my program landed me here.  I've always had a hard time with balance when my load is so heavy.  I haven't quite finessed it.  It's a process, I realize, but there are consequences and now I have to deal with them. Yukh, so germy!
Take care of yourself. Your health is your wealth.
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Shlama, Hooba, oo Piskhootha ☮💗😀.
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#gradschoolmademedoit. #happybirthday. #bday.  #sick.  #IBD.  #germs. #treatment.  #research. #therapy. #gradlife. #graduateschool. #socialwork. #dirty30s. #illusions. #instaglam. #makeupjunkie. #birthdayglam. #oldhollywood. #ginger. #redhead.  #mastersprogram.  #urgentcare. #dmc. #niagrafalls.  #scholar.  #mastersstudent.  #may2019. #selfcare. #burnout. #Meijer.
I haven't been sick in 9 years but boy I got slammed this time. My lack of self-care and absolute commitment to my program landed me here. I've always had a hard time with balance when my load is so heavy. I haven't quite finessed it. It's a process, I realize, but there are consequences and now I have to deal with them. Yukh, so germy! Take care of yourself. Your health is your wealth. . . . Shlama, Hooba, oo Piskhootha ☮💗😀. . . #gradschoolmademedoit . #happybirthday . #bday . #sick . #IBD . #germs . #treatment . #research . #therapy . #gradlife . #graduateschool . #socialwork . #dirty30s . #illusions . #instaglam . #makeupjunkie . #birthdayglam . #oldhollywood . #ginger . #redhead . #mastersprogram . #urgentcare . #dmc . #niagrafalls . #scholar . #mastersstudent .  #may2019 . #selfcare . #burnout . #Meijer .
Doutora!! 🎓
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Que noite foi essa, minha gente?! O carinho e o amor que recebi de vocês aí do Brasil foi demais!!! .
Quando me perguntam sobre a coragem de vir morar aqui sozinha... eu sempre digo: eu nunca estive sozinha! Eu sempre senti o apoio, o amor e o carinho de vocês e a noite de hoje foi uma prova disso!!
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Sou realmente muito abençoada com os meus amigos e a minha família linda que tá no Brasil e também com os amigos incríveis que fiz aqui nos EUA, amigos que eu sei que vou levar pra vida!! .
PhD ✅
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#osugrad #classof2018 #gopokes #okstate #pokes #gradlife #phdlife #Ididit #phd
Doutora!! 🎓 . Que noite foi essa, minha gente?! O carinho e o amor que recebi de vocês aí do Brasil foi demais!!! . Quando me perguntam sobre a coragem de vir morar aqui sozinha... eu sempre digo: eu nunca estive sozinha! Eu sempre senti o apoio, o amor e o carinho de vocês e a noite de hoje foi uma prova disso!! . Sou realmente muito abençoada com os meus amigos e a minha família linda que tá no Brasil e também com os amigos incríveis que fiz aqui nos EUA, amigos que eu sei que vou levar pra vida!! . PhD ✅ . #osugrad  #classof2018  #gopokes  #okstate  #pokes  #gradlife  #phdlife  #Ididit  #phd 
Playing with textured backgrounds 😊✨. This is wet on wet... On wet again. Paint dropped on wet paint, and then water dropped on the wet paint which is also on wet paint. The dried product is cloudier than I'd like, but it was still fun to mess around!
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#watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #acuarela #worldwatercolorgroup #art_spotlight #artgram #artoftheday #practice #progress #process #processvideo #water #paint #arttherapy #createeveryday #happyplace #gradlife #phdstudent #phd #uoft #oise #hamont #friyay
Playing with textured backgrounds 😊✨. This is wet on wet... On wet again. Paint dropped on wet paint, and then water dropped on the wet paint which is also on wet paint. The dried product is cloudier than I'd like, but it was still fun to mess around! - - - - - - - #watercolour  #watercolor  #aquarelle  #acuarela  #worldwatercolorgroup  #art_spotlight  #artgram  #artoftheday  #practice  #progress  #process  #processvideo  #water  #paint  #arttherapy  #createeveryday  #happyplace  #gradlife  #phdstudent  #phd  #uoft  #oise  #hamont  #friyay 
In research suddenly everything makes sense, and suddenly nothing does

#phdlife #research academiclife #saturday #weekend #winter #library #gradlife #unilife #laptop #studygram #instagood #thoughoftheday #quotes #morning #mood #followforfollowback
Aaaaaand that's a wrap! #Final term #paper for #Masters Semester 3 of 4 complete (and well-researched, might I add). Not pictured: all the awesome #dissertations I accessed online. Thanks, fellow #music #nerds! .
I honestly had a great time researching for this paper--learning more of the #history around the roles I sing can only help me make better-informed artistic choices in #performance ❤
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#smartgirls #gradlife #gradschool #writer #researcher #getdemprimarysources #Mozart #daponte #doroteabussani #Cherubino #Despina #proquest #Jstor #interlibraryloan #singer #Operasinger #mezzomandi
Aaaaaand that's a wrap! #Final  term #paper  for #Masters  Semester 3 of 4 complete (and well-researched, might I add). Not pictured: all the awesome #dissertations  I accessed online. Thanks, fellow #music  #nerds ! . I honestly had a great time researching for this paper--learning more of the #history  around the roles I sing can only help me make better-informed artistic choices in #performance  ❤ . . . . . #smartgirls  #gradlife  #gradschool  #writer  #researcher  #getdemprimarysources  #Mozart  #daponte  #doroteabussani  #Cherubino  #Despina  #proquest  #Jstor  #interlibraryloan  #singer  #Operasinger  #mezzomandi 
#carselfie for when you are #tired as fuck but you put on your big girl earrings and do it anyway. #gradlife
All I need is rest. Looking forward to the semester's end and to the great outdoors.
#PhD #Economics #gradschool #gradlife #cycling #bikepacking #biketouring #bikecamping #steel #mtb #29er #monstercross #outdoors #vacation #freedom
(c) @ariadne_denzon
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Turning pages
That’s what the end of this year feels like
2018 was... well... it just was
I learned a lot
I fought a lot
I cried a lottttt
I grew a lot
I’m not the same person I was at the beginning of this year
Not by a long shot
I experienced depression and anxiety
Fear
Loss
Grief
Change
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Yesterday I turned in my last paper of the last course I’ll take as a PhD {read: college} student
Ever
I get to turn that page
Onto the next
The Dissertation: Hundreds of pages to come
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I’ve given myself the weekend To make a big decision about what “work” looks like for me too
Turning pages
who I am in academia is changing
who I am as a business owner is changing 
who I am as an influencer of Wellness is changing
I think I like it
But it’s scary AF
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Turning the page
on life
on school
on work
The 2019 chapter is all about me
MY goals
MY work
MY life
❤️ I’m glad y’all are here for the ride
. Turning pages That’s what the end of this year feels like 2018 was... well... it just was I learned a lot I fought a lot I cried a lottttt I grew a lot I’m not the same person I was at the beginning of this year Not by a long shot I experienced depression and anxiety Fear Loss Grief Change . Yesterday I turned in my last paper of the last course I’ll take as a PhD {read: college} student Ever I get to turn that page Onto the next The Dissertation: Hundreds of pages to come . I’ve given myself the weekend To make a big decision about what “work” looks like for me too Turning pages who I am in academia is changing who I am as a business owner is changing who I am as an influencer of Wellness is changing I think I like it But it’s scary AF . Turning the page on life on school on work The 2019 chapter is all about me MY goals MY work MY life ❤️ I’m glad y’all are here for the ride
I did it Ma!! 🎉💜😭 Today I graduated with a BA in Mass Communication from Grand Canyon!! Special thanks to my supportive parents who never let my brothers and I see school as an option, but rather taught us it was a priority and ultimately modeled me to view it as a blessing. 
Working full time, going to school full time, AND I was even planning a wedding during a portion of the time. Phew! It's been quite the long road but I'm so happy to be done!!! 💕🎉
I did it Ma!! 🎉💜😭 Today I graduated with a BA in Mass Communication from Grand Canyon!! Special thanks to my supportive parents who never let my brothers and I see school as an option, but rather taught us it was a priority and ultimately modeled me to view it as a blessing. Working full time, going to school full time, AND I was even planning a wedding during a portion of the time. Phew! It's been quite the long road but I'm so happy to be done!!! 💕🎉
Celebratory end-of-semester dinner with our British counterparts! 🍲🍶🥢
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#friends #friendsofinstagram #koreanfood #bibimbap #annarbor #annarboreats #gradlife #philosophers #phdlife #goblue
Social Work Life!
Social Work Life!
Took my little ducky on a night walk to see some christmas lights. I love my dog and i love christmas, and right now I could use a bit of love ❤️.
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#selfie #love #sad #dog #depression #christmas #walks #gradlife #gradschool #lifeishard #downer #winter
Thank you to my UM community for filling my apartment with laughs and light. Plus giving me an excuse to indulge my love of Christmas 
#annarbor #gradlife #christmasparty #tistheseason
Thank you @nockingpoint for the wine! It got me through my summer and fall terms of grad school. Can't wait to open the bubbly this weekend. I've been holding on to it for the end of my final academic course load. I'll save the next bottle of bubbly for my degree completion (or graduation)!!! 🍾🥂🍷
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Merci @nockingpoint pour les vins ! J'ai beaucoup apprécié pendant mes deux derniers semestre de ma maîtrise. J'ai hâte d'ouvrir le "champagne" ce week-end ! La prochaine bouteille sera pour ma remise de diplôme ! 🍾🥂🍷
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#nockingpoint #nockingpointwines #wallawalla #wine #bubbly #celebration #endofterm #endofsemester #Vancouver #vancity #ubc #gradlife #gradschool #gradstudent #mastersineducation #theatreeducation #dramaeducation
Thank you @nockingpoint for the wine! It got me through my summer and fall terms of grad school. Can't wait to open the bubbly this weekend. I've been holding on to it for the end of my final academic course load. I'll save the next bottle of bubbly for my degree completion (or graduation)!!! 🍾🥂🍷 -- Merci @nockingpoint pour les vins ! J'ai beaucoup apprécié pendant mes deux derniers semestre de ma maîtrise. J'ai hâte d'ouvrir le "champagne" ce week-end ! La prochaine bouteille sera pour ma remise de diplôme ! 🍾🥂🍷 -- #nockingpoint  #nockingpointwines  #wallawalla  #wine  #bubbly  #celebration  #endofterm  #endofsemester  #Vancouver  #vancity  #ubc  #gradlife  #gradschool  #gradstudent  #mastersineducation  #theatreeducation  #dramaeducation 
Today is the official-ish culmination of a couple really, really crazy years. It has been HARD, not even going to lie about it. My life today is totally different than it was when I started. Lost and made new friends, some whirlwind romances and lots of tears, and a new job with an amazing team that wasn't even on my radar 2 years ago. Shout to my amazing friends and coworkers that really stuck with me through the wild ride. Thank you for your support and flexibility and patience. Your girl finally finished her MBA...and with a 4.0 to boot! #classof2018 #acolorstory 📸 by @rverdi
Today is the official-ish culmination of a couple really, really crazy years. It has been HARD, not even going to lie about it. My life today is totally different than it was when I started. Lost and made new friends, some whirlwind romances and lots of tears, and a new job with an amazing team that wasn't even on my radar 2 years ago. Shout to my amazing friends and coworkers that really stuck with me through the wild ride. Thank you for your support and flexibility and patience. Your girl finally finished her MBA...and with a 4.0 to boot! #classof2018  #acolorstory  📸 by @rverdi
As I sit here in complete distress, mentally breaking down & the last 4 days of my grad school career. I needed to stop, take a breath & remind myself why I started & how far I’ve come. For all of you going through this crazy time right now, remember that you’re not alone & we are going to finish strong! ✨🌿👩‍🏫#believe #motivate #inspire #teach #create #awaken
As I sit here in complete distress, mentally breaking down & the last 4 days of my grad school career. I needed to stop, take a breath & remind myself why I started & how far I’ve come. For all of you going through this crazy time right now, remember that you’re not alone & we are going to finish strong! ✨🌿👩‍🏫#believe  #motivate  #inspire  #teach  #create  #awaken 
It was the last day of my third semester of grad school.  I'm halfway done.  I've learned and grown so much.  I'm already working towards my thesis and towards completing a Certification in College Teaching to go with my MFA.  But, for tonight...
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#gradschool #gradlife #halfway #mfa #learning #certification #somuchtodo #butnottonight #timetorelax #greatbritishbakingshow #hellopaulandmary #iwantpastrynow
What do you get when you bring a group of tired grad students together, competitive games, lots of pizza, and coffee... a HOLY hangout lol 😂 #gradlife #maineliving #merrychristmas
What do you get when you bring a group of tired grad students together, competitive games, lots of pizza, and coffee... a HOLY hangout lol 😂 #gradlife  #maineliving  #merrychristmas 
It's FRIDAY! 🎉🎊😄 I don't really know why I'm excited because it's finals week so there really isn't a break. #gradlife 
But I'm excited to post my workout from today because I want to be able to do handstand push-ups. And like anything new, you have to start at the very bottom! #newbe Regardless of how self-conscious I felt because I'm so bad at these, I'm so excited to be working towards a goal. It's always hard for me to accept my weaknesses when it comes to my strength. But how else can you get better unless you recognize what you're bad at? So, here's me being ultra vulnerable! 
WORKOUT
4x45sec Handstand hold (didn't film)
2x3 negative handstand push-up
3x6 Modified handstand push-ups
3x10 kneeling KB shoulder press
3x15 marching overhead KB carry
3x10 cable Y's
3x10 bent over single-arm cable reverse fly -
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#beginner #handstandsscareme #workingonmyweaknesses #shoulders #studybreak
It's FRIDAY! 🎉🎊😄 I don't really know why I'm excited because it's finals week so there really isn't a break. #gradlife  But I'm excited to post my workout from today because I want to be able to do handstand push-ups. And like anything new, you have to start at the very bottom! #newbe  Regardless of how self-conscious I felt because I'm so bad at these, I'm so excited to be working towards a goal. It's always hard for me to accept my weaknesses when it comes to my strength. But how else can you get better unless you recognize what you're bad at? So, here's me being ultra vulnerable! WORKOUT 4x45sec Handstand hold (didn't film) 2x3 negative handstand push-up 3x6 Modified handstand push-ups 3x10 kneeling KB shoulder press 3x15 marching overhead KB carry 3x10 cable Y's 3x10 bent over single-arm cable reverse fly - - #beginner  #handstandsscareme  #workingonmyweaknesses  #shoulders  #studybreak 
Still have some work to finish up this weekend, but finals week is officially over. As of today I’m halfway through the MFA program at #michiganstateuniversity ...can’t wait to see what happens in the next year and a half! Here’s a few images from the final crit this morning #soreadyforbreak
Still have some work to finish up this weekend, but finals week is officially over. As of today I’m halfway through the MFA program at #michiganstateuniversity  ...can’t wait to see what happens in the next year and a half! Here’s a few images from the final crit this morning #soreadyforbreak 
The unfortunate reality of department holiday parties
The unfortunate reality of department holiday parties
2am. Everyone is asleep and I need to finish my "I promised to do it today"
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#phdproblems #phdlife #phd #student #gradschoolproblems #gradlife #gradschool #phdstudentlife #phdjourney #phdcandidate #bioinformatics #writing
Just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep writing writing writing...what do I do just write write write. Ha Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho I like to write lol. 😆😆😆 #write #alldayeveryday #strongerwriter #gradlife #gradstudent #mahalokeakua #godislove #blessed
What's your favorite brand? M.S. in Commerce students got to explore and analyze brand perceptions using both qualitative and quantitative methods in the Marketing and Quantitative Analysis class. Great job on finishing your last presentation of the Fall semester strong and good luck on the final exam!
PC: Sam Marcus, M.S. in Commerce '19
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#marketing #teamwork #MSinCommerce #makeitmcintire #gradlife #bschool #lastpresentation #powerofbrands
"Growing up on a farm in rural Victoria, I enjoyed the peacefulness of the countryside but always felt that the city was calling me. From a young age @unimelb was on the top of my list. I knew I would love it - 2 degrees and 6 years later, I still do. Now I finally get to enjoy working in the career that I’ve been studying towards for half a decade, and it is deeply satisfying!

To those just starting out, my advice to you is this: •Making friends is more important than making competition. You don’t want to do this journey alone. Be kind, share your knowledge & your resources - you will quickly see how much happier you are than those trying to fight their way to the top! •Opportunities will come. Work hard and with integrity, but also just enjoy the moments and the time with your friends! Don’t stress about what life will be once you graduate, things have a way of falling into place on their own. •Remember that education is never a waste. Even if you change your mind or take a break, the things you have learnt will always be of value.

Thank you @unimelb for teaching me all of these lessons and so much more!" - @jenniferpayette, Masters of Architecture #humansofunimelb
"Growing up on a farm in rural Victoria, I enjoyed the peacefulness of the countryside but always felt that the city was calling me. From a young age @unimelb was on the top of my list. I knew I would love it - 2 degrees and 6 years later, I still do. Now I finally get to enjoy working in the career that I’ve been studying towards for half a decade, and it is deeply satisfying! To those just starting out, my advice to you is this: •Making friends is more important than making competition. You don’t want to do this journey alone. Be kind, share your knowledge & your resources - you will quickly see how much happier you are than those trying to fight their way to the top! •Opportunities will come. Work hard and with integrity, but also just enjoy the moments and the time with your friends! Don’t stress about what life will be once you graduate, things have a way of falling into place on their own. •Remember that education is never a waste. Even if you change your mind or take a break, the things you have learnt will always be of value. Thank you @unimelb for teaching me all of these lessons and so much more!" - @jenniferpayette, Masters of Architecture #humansofunimelb 
Had my last workout of the year with this view today ☺️
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Excited to head back to Texas for a few weeks, looking forward to some nice runs and home body weight circuits and maybe I’ll check out a local gym 🤷🏿‍♀️
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#running #boston #city #cityview #active #activelifestyle #fitness #fitnesscommunity #fitnessmotivation #fitspo #workout #workoutmotivation #gym #gymlife #girlgains #weighttraining #strengthtraining #bodybuilding #fitnessjourney #healthylifestyle #health #healthy #gradschool #student #studentlife #phdlife #gradlife #blackwomendoworkout #blackgirlfitness
Had my last workout of the year with this view today ☺️ • Excited to head back to Texas for a few weeks, looking forward to some nice runs and home body weight circuits and maybe I’ll check out a local gym 🤷🏿‍♀️ . . . . . #running  #boston  #city  #cityview  #active  #activelifestyle  #fitness  #fitnesscommunity  #fitnessmotivation  #fitspo  #workout  #workoutmotivation  #gym  #gymlife  #girlgains  #weighttraining  #strengthtraining  #bodybuilding  #fitnessjourney  #healthylifestyle  #health  #healthy  #gradschool  #student  #studentlife  #phdlife  #gradlife  #blackwomendoworkout  #blackgirlfitness 
I don't care if I look tired in the picture but my happiness knew no bounds on 14th December, 2018 at 11:33AM when I passed my PhD qualifications exam!
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@uscviterbi @usc_ee #usc #losangeles #trojans #viterbi #gradlife #phd #phdstudent #formalwear #ootd
First day at the American Academy of Optometry! 🤓 #academy2018
First day at the American Academy of Optometry! 🤓 #academy2018