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Mangonada in one hand, Chihuahua in another. (Photo by Amy Givan)

Well, hello! I’m Amy.

Currently, I am a PhD student in Biomedical Sciences, but I don’t plan on writing educational content on Medium. Not yet, at least.

Here’s why:

The student/researcher in me has the skill (curse) of falling down a “reading rabbit hole”, where I get lost reading articles and book chapters. There is always something I do not know and want to dig deeper in and read more about the topic. For now, I will focus on “getting lost” in the readings relevant to my ongoing research projects.


A monumental shift in my timeline

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I remember the night clearly. The night I was told you passed away. I have kept you a secret from family and friends for years.

Soon after your passing, I wrote about you in an essay for a class assignment. You were my role model. You were simple, caring, and kindhearted. The 6th grade English teacher was moved by the story and asked if she could publish the story in the local newspaper.

“Sure.” (It was too much effort to care.) I didn’t look for the print; not sure if it ever went through. My teacher was sweet enough to…


Too inspired to feel regret

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You don’t know what being tired means — you’re too young!

You can’t be tired. You’re supposed to be full of energy right now!

If you’re exhausted then I don’t know what I am!

Yes, I feel exhausted. Yes, I am technically a “young” adult, but I plan to consider myself young until my tenth decade.

I’m a student who has been continuously going to school since Head Start (or preschool). I used to be proud of the fact that I didn’t take any breaks in my education after high school. I realize how silly that is now.

Today, I…


Am I about to cave in?

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When I joined Medium, I felt excited to write about experiences, concepts, and advice.

It has been at least two weeks since I’ve tried to published anything, despite having prompts and partial stories written. I even have a dedicated time in the evenings for writing on this platform.

I think we know by now that humans are not supposed to wait for motivation to complete goals or tasks. Motivation won’t always save you, but consistency and daily to-do lists just might.

So…I don’t feel I was waiting for motivation. In fact, I wanted to…


Great piece! I need to exercise my mentor mind. I'm a trained learner with an atrophied mentor mind who can't seem to "teach it simply".


Thank you, Krishna! I hope you find more of my work interesting. I think your bio is very relatable, and I am excited to read your stories!


Hi Kim! I apologize for the delayed response. It is nice to meet you, too! Thank you for the kind words!


It’s not as exciting as you might assume, but it can be handy when hope feels gone.

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If you don’t know much about the academic and research environment — it can be full of failures, awkward networking events, intense meetings, and endless denials. Or, if you are familiar with this type of world then your experience is most likely similar to mine. My academic journey has been and still is full of stress and self-learned attempts on how to say “no” to new projects.

But award acceptances and idea sharing through research presentations give me hope that someone else might believe my work is relevant and real. …


Yikes. I have to make some improvements! Thanks for the advice, Nate. I wonder what some first thoughts might be about our headline photo (insert thinking emoji here).

Amy

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