scientist, writer, mental health advocate, immigrant,
Jack of all trades, master of none.
Hello! I am Kumsal.
I was trained as a scientist, with a Ph.D. in cell biology, and moved to the US for postdoctoral training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York in 2015.
My journey in the US was a formative experience. I used to define myself as a scientist mainly. I was quite ready to settle with my life and looking forward to finding an academic position.
"Well, not that fast," said life. My midlife unraveling had better plans for me.
I became an immigrant scientist, parent, and mental health advocate and started writing about my musings on all of the above-mentioned plus my spectacular "failure": leaving my scientific career behind at age of 32.
I decided to leave the bench in 2020 and took a leap of faith by deciding to become a mental health practitioner. (Yes, quite brave and scary...) I am currently preparing to go back to school to become a social worker.
I recently moved to Canada (in the midst of the pandemic...), with my husband and our daughter, have since been juggling some of my favorite things: researching, writing, and parenting.
I am a firm believer in boundaries and practice the dark art of vulnerability occasionally. (Have no idea what that means? You better read some Brene Brown) I try to embrace my imperfections (slowly) and proud to be an imperfect human.
My hope is, reading this blog will help you live your life braver.
After all, we all get one life.