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Today is the day! We’re teaming up with the National Geographic Museum in celebration of their “Queens of Egypt” exhibition and throwing The Mother of All Parties (get your tickets here). Besides drinks (open bar!), music (Madame Gandhi!) and full access to the exhibition (Nefertiti / Nefertari / Cleopatra!), we’re also hosting lightening talks with some of Nat Geo’s most interesting explorers all night long.

To get you ready for all of the good times, we called up explorer Anusha Shankar (who is in Alaska hanging out with some very chill lab rats) to talk about the life of a Nat Geo explorer and she gave us tidbits of wisdom that felt too good not to share. If you’ve always dreamed of traveling the world in the name of science (and taking over the @NatGeo Instagram), start here:

 

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Sometimes I miss these little things. #hummingbirds #southwesternresearchstation #arizona #rivolis #research #ecology

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Apply for grants – “Don’t keep waiting until your project is better or ‘good enough’! Get lots of feedback from people who get such grants before you submit- don’t be shy to ask for help.”

 

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Time, lapsing high in the Swiss Alps, 2 years ago today. #titlis #timelapse #clouds #swissalps

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Be Prepared for failure – “And then, once you get it, be prepared for lots of failure. Every time someone tells you that what you do sounds exciting, there’s a good chance it’s also terrifying in some way for you. Embrace both sides of your work!

 

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A Fairbanksy sunrise. Cold morning!

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Do something else – “I actually find it easier to stay motivated when I’m in the field (where every day is different) than when I’m in an office trying to analyze and write up my data. But if I feel my motivation sagging, I often go do something else- I salsa dance, take walks, read fiction, sleep, watch motivational videos.”

 

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Movement with Cousins #boomerang #dance #spin

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Technology is here to help – “I use Trello to make lists in order of priority/urgency. I still often forget to do small things, but I usually never miss deadlines, and if I put it on a list I’ll eventually get to it. And an app like Trello is something I can carry with me on all devices. It can also be used for multi-user projects, like when I am in the field with many field assistants.”

 

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Knives & teddy bears are crucial – “Other than my passport, I honestly carry my teddy bear that’s as old as I am (it’s my home away from home). I also usually have a Swiss army knife and many pairs of socks (I get too cold too easily).”

 

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