Pushing myself to explore Maine


Scott Arthur Scarneo describes how he become comfortable in his new home.

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'I just don't want to be lonely'


A trip to South Africa helped Ski Chilton find his life's purpose.

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Back on the road with Coursera


A Brazilian scientist and intrepid traveler, whose graduate school plans were derailed by a natural disaster, shares how an online class through Coursera got her back on the road and in the lab.

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Continental shift


Many a life scientist has moved to the U.S. from another country for school or work. In this heartfelt essay, a young Indian scientist who made the journey to America for school and for love, shares what she and her family went through to insure she could leave her small town in West Bengal. 

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Chasing the North American dream


When University of Toronto's Eleftherios Diamandis and his wife were both early-career scientists, they moved their young family from their native Cyprus, Greece, to Toronto. In this engaging essay, he looks back at the move from 30 years on and weighs the pros and cons of chasing his North American dream.

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Haiku


For our Coordinates series, which examines the idea of place in scientists' lives, a haiku about a long-married couple's state of togetherness in separation.

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Exiting the hobbit hole


In the first essay in our "Coordinates" series, Bree Yanagisawa writes about the issues she had to confront with each move in her career journey. She writes: "Some of the people I was meeting disagreed with what I thought, and I found myself having to offer reasons for my beliefs — something, it turns out, I did very badly. I had never before had my beliefs challenged and was at a loss as to how to defend them. I began to question myself deeply. Did I even have reasons for what I thought?"

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