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March 20, 2019
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Hi, I'm Jen Heemstra, and I'm an associate professor of chemistry at Emory University. In addition to science, I'm passionate about mentoring and professional development, and I frequently post on Twitter about the values and challenges of our community surrounding these topics. In April I'll be launching a monthly advice column in C&EN called Office Hours, which will engage the STEM community in dialogue on important issues—including prioritizing mental health, finding motivation, and coping with setbacks and failures. Each month, I'll start with a question or topic idea from you as the reader and share my own thoughts and experiences. However, my input is just meant to serve as the catalyst for a broader conversation. These topics impact us all, and everyone's voice is important in discussing how to approach them. I hope that you'll join us and submit your questions! I'll leave you with three pieces piece of advice:
 
Seeking project advice is important.
Seeking project advice is important.
When a project isn't working, the last thing we want to do is to talk to others about it. But that's exactly what we need to do. You will solve the problem faster with help than without it, and the people you seek out for advice have been in your place and sympathize with your struggle.
Self care is a priority.
Self care is a priority.
Grad school is hard. Postdocs are hard. Faculty life is hard. You need to be at your best. Trying to be your best if you're coping with anxiety or depression is like trying to run with a backpack full of rocks. It's okay and healthy to reach out and get help. You're worth it.
The need for mentoring.
The need for mentoring.
Career growth is more about finding new challenges than having all of the answers. So, as we grow in our careers, we never outgrow our need for mentoring. Mentoring turns every challenge into an opportunity to learn something new and to pass that knowledge on to future generations.
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