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Welcome to How to PhD! I am so excited to see you here!

In this post, I will quickly go over the How to PhD website so you know what is available to you.

Plus, I will catch you up on the content that has been posted already!

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If this is your first time on How to PhD: 

A big welcome to you! 💛

Returning readers, much love and thank you so much for your support!!! 💗

I am Oindree. I recently finished my PhD in particle astrophysics from Ohio State University.

Doing a PhD can be very isolating.

How to PhD exists to let you know that you are not alone!

My goal is to provide community, support, and actionable steps to help PhD students succeed in their programs.

Together, we can overcome the challenges of academia!

My readers 💜

So far, 4 groups of people have found the contents of How to PhD useful: 

  • PhD students
  • College students interested in PhD programs
  • Postdocs interested in transitioning out of academia and into industry 
  • Industry professionals

Do you belong to one of these groups? Let me know which one in a comment below!

But also, all are welcome! You don't have to belong to or identify with any group at all :) just say hi!

Reach out any time!

I am thrilled to hear from you at any time about ANY academia or career-related issue!

You can comment on ANY post on the site and I will be sure to respond!

This would be super helpful to other readers.

Your comments can start a conversation and add a lot of value to readers who are going through the same thing.

There is always an option to comment anonymously if you'd prefer that. 

There is also a message box at the bottom of the page on this site that you can use to send me any comments or questions!

If you use this option, only I will see the message and again, I will make sure to address it.

Posts addressing your questions

I regularly dedicate a full post to address a specific question that someone asked.

Here's a post in response to a question a college student asked:

How much do graduate students get paid as stipend?

And, a post after a question a grad student asked:

How much crying is normal?

Don't hesitate to reach out and ask your question!

Social media

How to PhD also has a Facebook and a Twitter page that you are more than welcome to follow!

You can directly message these pages on Facebook and Twitter to get in touch!


Every post on the How to PhD site has a label to help you navigate through the site and find different topics.

The labels and associated number of posts are listed on the right sidebar.

This will help you to quickly find posts related to the topic of interest to you.

Examples of labels:


industry training

advisor problems 

grad school applications

postdoc applications

Click on any label and start reading posts on the selected topic!

Feel absolutely free to comment on older posts - I will be notified when you comment and will get back to you!

You can also search the blog for anything by using the search box right above the labels.


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The poor confirmation email may land in your junk folder by mistake - do complete the verification or it won't work.  

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Of course, subscription to How to PhD is totally free!

All content on the site is totally accessible at any time for free.

You will NEVER be asked to pay to view a full page or anything like that.

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I have compiled some popular posts for you to get started!

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Once again, welcome to How to PhD and I am thrilled to have you here!

Please post below to say hi, introduce yourself, comment and/or ask a question!


  1. Hola Oindree!
    I am Nafis. I am a graduate student at IFIC, Valencia as a part of the KM3NeT experiment. I recently came across your blog and found it very interesting. I will surely write to you with subtle questions about neutrino astronomy/astrophysics.

    1. Hi Nafis! That's so cool!! KM3NeT - amazing! I worked on ANITA, we are on sort of cousin experiments!
      Thanks for reading my blog - feel free to comment anytime on anything!
      Look forward to hearing from you again!


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