Your time in grad school is definitely one of growth. As one of my awesome students just put it bluntly today, graduate school is definitely difficult but it shouldn’t be a pity party. One of the best ways to keep it from veering in that direction is by balancing hard work and dedication in the lab with a healthy life. Check out this recent series by Nature to get perspective and remind yourself of the importance of both sides of the balancing act.
A meeting with a student today reminded me of this opinion piece that impacted my scientific career, “The importance of stupidity in scientific research”. I should have read it every day. If you haven’t seen it before, I HIGHLY encourage you to check it out. If you have seen it, read it again!