She’s here!

In September and October me and my boss held interviews for a ‘plant-insect’ PhD position that was available in our group. This was already the second round of advertising and interviewing – I must add – as the first round of advertising earlier last year yielded no suitable candidates. On October 14th, after having hadContinue reading “She’s here!”

Three and counting…*

One thing that I have noticed lately is how keen Germans are to switching the conversation back to German, as soon as an opportunity to do so arises. I thought my level of English would get me through my scientific career, but I was pretty wrong about that. At the moment, my English is slowlyContinue reading “Three and counting…*”

It’s out of our hands now…

You know what scares the shit out of me? New things… or stuff that I don’t feel like I’m particularly skilled at. They freak me out big time. Our university now enforces online exams for groups that exceed forty students and this was all communicated at short notice. This included all courses I teach. OurContinue reading “It’s out of our hands now…”

Who are we to decide?

Each semester my university welcomes new students to its study programs. Students with perfect grades and convincing motivation letters often get readily accepted based on those. Then, the remainder of cases gets an additional interview, usually by a professor, accompanied by another staff member. Today, I was one of the additional staff members. These interviewsContinue reading “Who are we to decide?”