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Queries about making friends and connections within academia, and behavior at academic social functions.

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Bad experiences at conferences, worth going anyway?

I went to a conference I my field for the first time in the last month. I have severe social anxiety but can usually hide it. I was there for learning and didn’t have a paper. I expected some ...
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What "ice-breaker" type activities would be suitable for a grad student open house event?

My department (engineering) is hosting a day-long open house event soon, and I have been asked to prepare an ice-breaker/trivia type activity for 30 minutes between a couple of sessions. Could anyone ...
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What does it mean when I am told "your field might be related to my field"?

In various conversations with my mathematical colleagues, I noticed that the expression "your field might be related to my field" should not always be understood literally. Namely the other ...
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Any other PhD students getting time anxiety?

Let me explain. I’m a second year student and I’m sharing an office with about 10 other people. We all get on and it’s great now that everyone managed to make it back thanks to the easing of lockdown ...
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Making friends in postgraduate education? How? [duplicate]

I'm returning to the office and haven't had the opportunity to physically meet the 10 or so people I'll be sharing it with in the coming year. Not all of them are researching the same thing as me and ...
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Making friends in academia and building connections

I started a new faculty position this past fall, which also entailed moving to a new city where I don't know anyone. When I first moved here, I was excited about getting to know my colleagues, as they ...
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