Life in Israel
It has been one year since I first joined the biology faculty as a PhD student. In other words, I have been here in Israel for a year now. How was my stay in Israel? I should say it was
very very different from what I’ve been used to during my whole life. I clearly remember my first month in Israel. When I arrived in Israel, it was during the long holiday season: Rosh Hashanah(רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה), Yom Kippur(יוֹם כִּיפּוּר), and Sukkot(סוכות). Excited coming to Israel for the first time and even more excited discovering that this amazing country celebrates holidays for a whole month, I was thrilled to travel around Israel. It didn’t take too long to figure out that I was stargazing. No public transportation, no stores opened, I was literally stuck in my dorm for the whole month. Many things have changed now. Not only enjoying, I can tell which hummus place is better among many. I can go anywhere with my Rav-Kav. I know how to haggle over prices at Shuk although never successful. Regarding my study, I passed my PhD candidacy exam recently and became a real PhD candidate! I deserve vacation! I love my research and my awesome friends I met during the journey.
Why graduate student representative?
Isn’t it cool? Being a foreigner can be annoying yet pretty useful at the same time. Whenever I make a mistake I just need to smile 🙂 You can see everything differently from a different perspective. What I noticed about the people in our faculty is these people are really smart and hard working. They are very good at their research. Perhaps, however, some critical points were missing: diversity and dynamics. I believe modern biology is all about teamwork. We need to brain storm together, discuss together, execute together, and learn from each other. One way to do so is to be exposed to each other more often. So, here is the point. I wanted our faculty to be more open, diverse, and dynamic. Of course, ‘fun’ is the most essential element here.
– All official documents and emails for graduate students and post-docs to be written in both English and Hebrew.
– Build new connections and establish exchange programs with universities and institutions abroad.
– Update the biology faculty website.
– Online course registration.
– Semester opening
Introduce new students, post-docs, administrative staff, and professors to previous faculty members each semester.
– Faculty friendship match (e.g. small games such as table tennis, darts, etc. )
– Build a webpage where all the faculty members are registered and can ask questions related to their research, request reagents or equipment, and get to know more about each other.
These cannot be done by myself for sure. Actually, I wasn’t sure if anyone agrees with me. So, I did a small experiment last month, the faculty breakfast. Frankly speaking, I wasn’t expecting too much. However, it turned out to be very successful(!) and I got a number of positive feedback. After the breakfast event, Alina Pushkarev came up with an idea of having a picture competition in the faculty. All representatives loved the idea and we decided to do our second experiment. Once again, I am looking forward to be amazed.
Please don’t let me down.. We hope this could be an opportunity for all faculty members to come together, show off their talents, enjoy, and have fun.
I am so pleased and grateful to be with a wonderful team. Having great experience and enthusiasm, Einav is literally leading our team. Dina has great talent in organizing and executing projects thus making ideas come to reality. Special thanks to Dafna, Sigal, Dan, Rami, and Danny for supporting us in every way. Together, we are ‘Always Evolving!’