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    Road to Grad-School

    “Stories connect the past and present to the future. Our stories and our learning from them honors and respects our ancestors and us. They can awaken future generations to their potential. They model a way to use their stories to release themselves as they connect to their history and to our values.” – Rachael Freed My name is Edidiong Nkiruka Essien, my friends and family have called me Kiki for most of my life. One day, I will muster the courage to make other people pronounce my name correctly, but for now, Eddy is fine. I am a graduate student at UIC-Rockford, studying Medical Biotechnology. Read my previous post on…

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    A week in my Quarantined life

    Even though I am somehow convinced that we are all living the same lives, - I mean, you are at home, working, or schooling or whatever but, you are at home - I have decided to share how my week went; schooling and studying from home. This is my first post of the year and I know I have a lot of stories to tell, but this is a start.

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    Online Courses – Stanford University from Yaba

    Let me tell you how… Online education involves the use of digital networks for interaction and learning, without any face-face meetings. You must have heard about platforms like Coursera, edx, LinkedIn Learning. These platforms provide access to courses from leading institutions worldwide. If you have optimized these platforms, good for you. If you are still procrastinating; I’m judging you. There is so much you can learn on the internet these days and if you’ve been thinking of “self-development” for a long time and you’re not sure how to go about it, I might have a suggestion for you. So, in between experiments (like when I have to incubate cells for…

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    My First Scientific Conference and Presentation

    I will be away from the lab for a week, attending the annual of Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, conference. The conference this year holds at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan and I’m super excited to attend. I’m also really excited because I’ll presenting my work, on a poster. This post will share basic information on poster presentations: what you need to know, as well as some reference materials that I’ve found helpful.