Life Update - the Year without Grad School

I have been enjoying my year off and have started working on my grad school applications. I’ve been approaching potential advisers and I’m even looking into securing some funding for school. I’m going to take one last stab at the GRE (roooooooound 2). I needed this break and I’ll definitely be ready to go back next year.

Teaching, by the way, is still one of my favorite things to do. Right now I’m teaching sophomore chemistry and junior/senior physics. 

I can’t waiiiiiiiiit

Moving to a new place for work can be a pretty lonely experience. Especially of all of your family is too far away for a weekend visit. Even though I’m in a classroom/lunch room full of people at work, strangely, I still feel alone.

I have some stronger connections with my coworkers this year, so we will have to see how that goes. I’m grateful for suffering/going through this now…so when I go to grad school someplace new, I’ll know how to adapt to it a little better.

Here is a big, goobery smile for the science side of tumblr. Thanks for letting me vent my brain noodles. Thanks to you, today I got to bum around in a cozy sweatshirt…AND get a significant amount of my manuscript done. Here’s to a night of actual relaxation.

Here is a big, goobery smile for the science side of tumblr. Thanks for letting me vent my brain noodles. Thanks to you, today I got to bum around in a cozy sweatshirt…AND get a significant amount of my manuscript done. Here’s to a night of actual relaxation.

sweetteascience:

Sorry for the late post! Rachel is on her engagement vacation to NYC(!!!) and I had classes and yogurt nomming earlier! This week’s STS blogpost can pretty much be summed up with the above gif (from one of the best movies of all time), but I went ahead and wrote it out anyway. 
Fall is fast approaching (whether we’d like it to or not) and lots of recent graduates and seniors will be looking towards applying for grad school soon. They’ll need to go through the process of finding an advisor and will need to write a cover letter/letter of interest. If this sounds stressful, don’t worry! We’ve got ya covered on some of the basics.
Shout out to spottedsharkheart for originally requesting the topic!

I find it hilarious that I’ve have literally been fretting for two days about writing a cover letter to UW and the amazing sweetteascience makes this STS blogpost. So important. I needed this. 
I love you, science side of Tumblr!

sweetteascience:

Sorry for the late post! Rachel is on her engagement vacation to NYC(!!!) and I had classes and yogurt nomming earlier! This week’s STS blogpost can pretty much be summed up with the above gif (from one of the best movies of all time), but I went ahead and wrote it out anyway. 

Fall is fast approaching (whether we’d like it to or not) and lots of recent graduates and seniors will be looking towards applying for grad school soon. They’ll need to go through the process of finding an advisor and will need to write a cover letter/letter of interest. If this sounds stressful, don’t worry! We’ve got ya covered on some of the basics.

Shout out to spottedsharkheart for originally requesting the topic!

I find it hilarious that I’ve have literally been fretting for two days about writing a cover letter to UW and the amazing sweetteascience makes this STS blogpost. So important. I needed this. 

I love you, science side of Tumblr!

Why I am failing to become who I want to be

I went out to dinner with an old friend last week. She just graduated this May (and I graduated in December) and the first thing she says to me when we sit down is, “So, I’ve been doing all I can to avoid being an adult.”.

One important thing to note here is this: This girl’s idea of avoiding being an adult is only working 40+ hours a week and having the weekends off. What was her life like during school? Probably like 50+ hours of work/student teaching + homework/prep on the weekend.

Anyway, so now that we understand that my friend is nothing like a flake we can continue the story. I was taken aback by her statement. She had managed to verbalize my exact feelings since last January. I just didn’t know/understand that was how I was feeling.

So together we discussed and discovered a truth about ourselves: We have been working toward this graduation, subconsciously and consciously, for 15ish years of our lives.

1) No fucking wonder we are burnt out and kind of disappointed in ourselves! We held ourselves to such high standards. We busted our butts trying to build this foundation. And now we are supposed to just go be 9-5 adults. Wow. It’s so funny how we are all constantly striving for that dream job…and don’t enjoy the journey. 

So this past week, I have been thinking and thinking about the enjoyment I may have missed out on. And then I discovered another problem: I am literally failing at enjoying each day, even right now! In this moment, with the most minimal responsibilities that I have had in four years. 

2) Not only have I ignored and neglected my research paper for a month now…but I’ve been doing it and NOT ENJOYING MY DAYS ANYWAY.

This doesn’t mean I haven’t had a good time at my new job or haven’t enjoyed moving into my own place. I just need to shift the number of awesome days to be greater than the number of self-loathing days.

 3) not taking caring of my personal health

So yeah, I need to get my shit together.

columbiaphoenix:

counting-teacups:

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

writing adult emails is awful

its like

hi [name of person], 

this formatting is making me uncomfortable but I have to tell you something / ask you something that is vital to my career as a student. 

I re-read and edited that sentence for an hour, but you’ll probably just glance over it for half a second.

thanks! 

- [name]

k

-professor