What does a normal day of yours look like?
That really depends – a lot of my work happens in front of the computer (designing an experiment, writing a paper, doing stats, etc.). But, of course, I also have to test participants with various neuroscientific methods and I frequently meet with colleagues to discuss the state of our projects. And then there are the special “highlights”, like attending a summer school or meeting an expert from your field.
Do you have any advice you would like to give to future PhD students?
Relax! It can be pretty stressful at times and undoubtedly, there’ll be moments when you feel like all your work was in vain. Sometimes, you feel like everyone else is just so much cleverer than you are or you wonder how you’re supposed to learn all these new skills in such a short time. Whenever that happens go for a run, eat an ice cream, or talk it over with a fellow PhD-student (preferably over a glass of wine). Everyone has these thoughts once in a while, and having a social network of people in a similar situation really helps.
That being said: those times are rare, and doing research is quite a lot of fun!
Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
Probably still doing research. However, ten years is a long time. At the moment, I’m trying to just focus on my PhD without worrying too much about my future.