The house woke me up at 4.30 am on a Monday. Not how I like to start my week.

And before this turns into a horror story, I want to clarify that I don’t live in a haunted house. …

But you will have to work very hard for it.

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I was introduced to dancing was when I was in kindergarten. I was a chubby four year old who really wanted to dance ballet. I don’t remember it clearly, but I am pretty sure I was not the best. …

My mom has always been a big fan of Paulo Coelho. In my early teenage years, I tried to read some of his books, but nothing really resonated with me.

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One day, when I was around 17, I decided to join the local library and just roam around a little…

In light of a wonderful weekend I spent in a virtual dance bootcamp and this year’s International Women’s Day theme, I started thinking about some of the challenges I encountered so far that helped me be the best version of me.

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When I did my first research project during my…

Looking back to all of my fondest memories, I realised none of them would be classified as moments from what would be considered a happy life.

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The most extreme example I can think of was during the 1999 bombing of Serbia, where I lived at the time. I was 9…

It’s definitely not fun living with health anxiety and working in the pharma industry, in oncology drug development. Still, I have to say I wouldn’t change it for the world because I love my job and working on projects that actually change people’s lives.

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If you asked my high school…

Thinking about Berlin makes my soul sparkle and hurt at the same time.

Berlin, Alexanderplatz. Photo by author — Sara Radenovic

I wish I had a metaphor to help me out. I could say it resembles remembering an adolescent love you hoped would last forever. All the butterflies, all the magic and all the disappointment. …

I hate running with a passion. And it makes sense, physiologically. Running is what happens when the fight-or-flight mechanism kicks in and we decide to escape danger. Our ancestors never intended to run just for fun.

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My cardio workout of choice was always dancing, and in particular salsa. It’s enjoyable…

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When I announced I’ve decided to study pharmacy, one of my uncles asked if that meant I wanted to be a sales assistant. You can do that even without a degree, you know — he said. I explained I actually wanted to be a scientist and discover new drugs. He…

Improvised cheesecake: getting ingredients in April was a real mission
Improvised cheesecake: getting ingredients for cake in April 2020 was a real mission (at least in the UK)

Yes, it’s cheesy, but turning 30 made me think about all the lessons I’ve learned so far. The pandemic helped, because it gave me all the time in the world for this reflection, without having to worry about throwing a party.

Looking back, it’s crystal clear what was right and…

Sara Radenovic

I love science, dancing and reading. Helping people is also high on my list. Writing makes my mind quieter.

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