See You at the Crossroads

Francis dela Rosa (ESR10)

Hi readers! It’s my blog contribution time again!

As of this writing, I realized that we (Early Stage Researchers) are more than halfway through our journey to complete our PhD studies.  Thus, I would like to summarize the lessons that I have learned during this period.

  1. “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”- Benjamin Franklin

With this regard, I learned that planning your schedule is one of the crucial steps that you need to take. You must also need to include backup plans in case that your experiment will not work. If you will be lucky for the results, then it is good, but please always have backup plans. I promise this tip will save your sanity.


  1. “United we stand, divided we fall”-Aesop

My colleagues help me a lot to adapt here in Croatia.  I really had a good working environment with them. I can work with them easily and very lightly. Indirectly, they boost my morale, and it gives me the energy to work every day. It’s just that I hope I have more time to spend with them. Unfortunately, one and a half years have past and time is running out. I will really miss my colleagues here.


  1. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”- Charles Darwin

Corona lockdown, earthquakes, and inevitable errors in experiments are factors that make me much stronger as a researcher and as a person. Adaptability skill is crucial for survival, and I am very glad that I became stronger during this PhD period.

Well, I think that is all in my mind right now.

See you at the crossroads!

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