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I’m in the wrong field or I’m sane or both

A while back, a co-worker of mine posted an editorial they had clipped from Nature, which was the advice of an experienced researcher to potential graduate students in the sciences titled “What makes a good graduate student?”.

Now, either I’m a textbook example of a piss-poor graduate student, or the author is an elitist crazy and I’m sane. Read on to see snippets of her “advice”, and my incredulity and disbelief. (continued)

Rantback: Juicy Morsels

Welcome to the first Rantback , which consolidates lots of little thoughts into one post. In this issue: Feminine form in video games, Cancer, Pets, and Teaching. (continued)

I Passed My Oral Defense!

The title pretty much says it all– after 2.5 hours of being grilled and proposing new experiments, I was told to wait outside for the ten longest minutes of my life, and when I returned I was notified that I had a Complete Pass (no further writing or anything.. completely done). Hell Yes!

I make $13 a day

On the way to work today, I did some mental math, figuring out how much money I “really” get per day of work, when you take away taxes, rent, electricity, and all the other stuff that you never really feel like you’re getting anything for (until they’re gone, of course!). The result? I make $13 a day. Let’s break it down: (continued)

Resizing the Pond

On SlashDot, a snarky response about people being idiots was posted, and somone responded with what I thought was a fairly interesting expression about how people define their specialties as the most important thing… He called it “Resizing the Pond”. (continued)

The End is in Sight

The end of my first Proposion Examination and Defense, that is. My final proposal was the requisite 15-something pages of heavily citing, densely packed goodness on investigating proteins in the Yeast Nuclear Pore Complex. At least, I hope it is. Now, all that remains is… the Defense. Two to three hours of being grilled on molecular biology and biochemistry (and I have a physicist on my committee, to boot!). (continued)

Teaching is Terrific!

I’ve just started being a teaching assistant again this term, and I have to say– Teaching always puts a smile on my face. I’m sometimes surprised by this fact, because the conception of teaching in my head is slightly dull. When I think of teaching, I’m not excited. But when I am teaching, that’s a whole other story. (continued)

Post-Graduation Unsureness?

I’ve known a lot of people who after finishing undergraduate school and getting a degree they switch fields completely from what their area of study was. I was just wondering, how much have you done this, even if only to a small degree, or how much have you stayed loyal to your original interests? (continued)

Another week, another Protein Quiz

Well, I just had another quiz in my Protein Structure and Function class, another one with NO bearing on the material covered in class. How would you do? (continued)

My high school education was for shit

So after a week at my gig, I’ve decided that I was robbed blind by my high school.



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