Studying in Italy, surviving quarantine and COVID-19
In these difficult times, when we are surrounded with sad news coming from all over the world and especially Italy (where I am currently completing my PhD) which has been one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, it is difficult to stay positive and see the silvering of the current situation. Many of us can agree that completing a PhD under normal circumstances is stressful, so what happens when la dolce vita takes a drastic turn and your research becomes affected in a new and unfamiliar way? Well, actually the answer I hear the most often, is that no one actually knows. So instead of worrying about things that are out of our control and focusing on the negative aspects of navigating the uncertain waters of work and life and that sunny holiday everyone had seem to be planning being cancelled, I would like to share the good things happening right now all around us.
In November 2018 I received the news that I had obtained the Marie Curie scholarship to do my PhD in Valencia, Spain.
It was a mixture of emotions because I was so happy about this, but on the other hand, I was going to live in another country for the first time in my life.
Work Institution: St George's University London, England
Research Interest: Preeclampsia, early pregnancy
Favourite Movie: About Time
The UK has been the third country I moved to within 2018.
Although I grew up in Vienna I have never really lived in the same place for more than 2 years since I was 15.
After spending a few months in Boston after medical school, I moved to Vienna to start my residency there. But after a few months of working, and to my own surprise, I got an offer for my current PhD position in London.
Although I really enjoyed my previous job, working with a lovely team and spending some time in the city I grew up in, I didn’t need to think about it twice: I accepted the offer, quit my job and moved to the UK for this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Chilean Ob-Gyn starting a PhD at KU Leuven, Belgium.
31 YO, married, first kid on the way.
You have been accepted, congratulations! - Now, what?
Here are some tips to get you started with the non-academic aspects of your new project
* From « La vie en Rose », Edith Piaf
On the 4th of September 2018, after living for 4 years in Birmingham, my boyfriend and I left England and flew across the English Channel (or French, depending on which side you ask!) to start our new adventure in Paris. The first weeks, we were dazzled by the beauty of this city. Every corner you turn, you can admire the architecture of the flats all around, with those small chimneys that make you feel like you have been transported to Les Aristochats; the Seine is a breath of fresh air at the heart of the city, the trees run all across the streets and if it is a clear day, you can see everything turning to a pink hue at sunset. We discovered the joys of French cheese, with more than 400 varieties, and French boulangeries (bakeries), where I learnt my first important words “Je vais prendre une tartelette au citron meringuée, s’il vous plait”.
Considering moving abroad for postgraduate education or more? Here is a step-wise guide that helped me through my journey.
I am a 27-year-old girl who moved to Cork, Ireland from a small town in the heart of India. Since this was the first time I moved (not just out of the country but out of my parents’ house), I realized the difference between being an adult and taking responsibilities vs everything I had been doing until now.
The following are a collection of stories and experiences that I have accumulated throughout the process.
Natalia Gebara from Poland started on her iPLACENTA PhD project at the University of Turin last week. Impressions from her first days...
When many people think of visiting Italy they usually have Rome, Florence, Naples in mind. I was in the same mindset until I arrived in the hidden gem of northern Italy, Torino. The city is in the Piedmont region and is surrounded by western Alps providing a breath-taking view of the mountains in various points of the city....
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Being a PhD student in a European training network is a life-changing adventure. Moving to a new country, carrying out a research project, facing scientific (and cultural) challenges, travelling around Europe and beyond… Those 3 years certainly do bring their part of new - sometimes frightening - but always enriching experiences.