Beginning a PhD is a daunting experience. Thrown into the deep end, equipped with nothing but enthusiasm and a penchant for research, students must quickly adapt to the realities of their new life. For the DRUGtrain ESRs, this also meant packing up and moving to a new country where we were given the exciting opportunity to integrate ourselves in the culture and language of our host countries. As we prepared ourselves to tackle the behemoth that is a doctoral degree, we faced the additional challenge of adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and our host countries’ restrictions. From delayed shipments to reduced lab capacities to online-only meetings, it would be fair to say we were excited to...

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