That’s another lesson from
PhD: it’s not about the end-result,
it’s really about the journey. Because
most of the time, you struggle so
much to make something working,
that at the end, when you get
something positive, it’s a slight
accomplishment. And you feel proud
of that, of growing up. But it is an
extremely hard path. You have to
Did you see
colleagues of yours giving up?
Yes, I have met with people
who gave up, during the PhD. They
realized that they weren’t driven by
Males or females?
I have seen females.
Is your stubbornness a
social one, by which you do not want
to admit a failure in front of others,
or a personal one, towards yourself?
I am stubborn in so many
things in life… [laughs] I think I am
stubborn for myself: even when I do
not understand something, I just
keep going until I really get it. While
people who gave up did the right
choice, evaluating that this is not
good for them.
Are you never scared?
Of course I am scared. But
being scared means that there is a
challenge and that you are learning a
lot. Scare should motivate you mora
than disable you.
challenges mostly caused by people
or by technology?
I think that even though a
PhD is a mostly lonely path,
struggling with your own self to try
to understand the emotional state
you are in, the answer to crisis is
professionalism, as my supervisor
taught me: step back and rationalize
whatever crisis you are at.
Where did you learn
those shaking off skills?
[laughs] That’s a funny
question, this applies to science and
to many other things. You have to
step back and look at the situation
form a different point of view and it
dedrammatizes the situation
Have you ever been
treated inappropriately as a woman?
haven’t felt much
discomfort, but it can be very
intimidating to be the single girl in a
room or to have very few women
If I am alone in a room
full of women, I call it heaven… [
] here is an asymmetry.
Let me tell you: I have never
been in situations where I felt
discriminated because of my gender;
and if I am aggressed, I know how to
handle that. I can respond.
If you had a daughter
or a little sister less strong than you
are, how comfortable would you be
in putting them in the same settings
that you’ve been in?
If it was my daughter, I think
I’d like her to be confronted to that,
because that’s how she’s gonna
learn to deal with that kind of
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