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BrainWaves: The Neuroscience Graduate Program Newsletter

Catching Up With Carly

Author: Leanne Monteiro

Carly McIntyre-Wood was the Editor of BrainWaves for the past 2 years. Recently, I had the chance to catch up with her to learn more about her experience as Editor of BrainWaves.

How long were you a part of BrainWaves?

I joined BrainWaves in November 2019 during the first year of my MSc. I was a writer until the following September, at which point, I began my role as the Editor.

Why did you join?

I joined BrainWaves for two main reasons. First, I had often thought about writing for a school paper throughout my education; however, as I was always involved in other things, I never had the time! I love writing, research, and current events - so it seemed like a great fit! Second, I thought BrainWaves would be a great way to get more involved in the program and meet some new MiNDS students. This was definitely true as I got to know several wonderful people I would have likely not met otherwise! Further, it kept me up to date on current events in the program.

What are some of the things you learned? 

Being involved in BrainWaves, as both a writer and editor, helped improve my editing, organization, and leadership skills. I strongly believe that being involved in extracurricular activities as a student is extremely beneficial to time management skills and makes you a more rounded student. Apart from these skills, I also learned a lot from the great articles our writers chose to write! 

What are some of your fondest memories of BrainWaves? 

Most of my fondest memories from BrainWaves are from our bi-monthly meetings. It was always great to catch up with everyone and to hear what new ideas they had come up with! 

Anything you would like to say to the current neuroscience students?

It’s very easy to get caught up in your classes and research and feel as though you don’t have enough time to get involved! However, getting involved, especially while we are still recovering from the impacts of COVID-19, can prevent you from feeling isolated in your graduate school experience. Further, as I mentioned above, you can strengthen many skills, make new friends, and keep current with the program and current events!

We thank Carly for her great work and leadership and wish her all the best for her future!