More than four months have passed since the first case of COVID-19 had reached Sweden. Also, more than four months have passed since I started my PhD in Sweden. Three months have passed since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic. How did the pandemic impact my PhD in a country that is viewed as following a complete different strategy than other countries? A country, that faced many deaths and is still facing many new cases in relation to its inhabitants? Let me tell you about my experience during the last months.
You just finished school, your bachelor's - or master's degree and want to apply to a study program and you need to include a motivation letter? I have written a few of these myself, but most importantly, I was part of the admission committee of our master's program and read and graded a lot of these letters for two years in a row. I noticed some mistakes that applicants commonly made and decided to share them with you here to help you avoid making them.
First of all, congrats! You made it! You are currently taking your first step into independent research. The only thing that is still separating you from your degree is your bachelor's or master's thesis work (and maybe some assignments and the last exam). You already heard from other people that stressful times are coming ahead and you are worried that everything will go wrong? It will not! That's why I put together some tips for you, to help you not loose your mind during the process. I was lost in the beginning, too, and as a I thought I would never be able to find through the jungle and graduate. But here I am, holding a bachelor's and master's degree and currently starting the most scary one so far: the PhD.
We have NUMEROUS neurons in our head. How do they know with which other neurons to connect to form a functioning network? The process you are looking for and we are going to talk about now is called Axon Guidance. Ever heard of it?