Projects keep piling up and I simply don’t have enough hours in the day to take care of them all. This is partially due to being unfamiliar with certain aspects of science and also the extra responsibilities I now have that are becoming more demanding by the day.
For instance, right now I should be studying for my qualifier. Or looking at my morphology data. Or looking at the physiology data. Or planning new experiments. Or… You get the idea.
Anyway, back to the grind.
How exciting a life I lead
So, the time has come. My grad school qualifying exam is quickly approaching and that fact has me shitting my pants. For those of you who are unaware, the qualifying exam (“comps” at some schools) is a comprehensive exam that is supposed to test knowledge that a graduate student should have gained in the first two years. Mine is a grueling two hour oral exam split up into two sections: fundamentals of (subfield of neuroscience) and research.
I’m worried about both sections and really have to begin cranking out data and setting aside study time. This means I’ll be spending even less time at home and more time away from my wife which will probably not end well for me… I’m already spending 60-70h/week at the lab and much of my time at home I spend playing with images, reading papers, and all that other grad school junk, so I’m not exactly sure how spending even MORE time away home will work out. I really just want the next few months to be over.
Oh, and I hope to still be in grad school by the end of it.
Having a serious case of writer’s block recently and not quite sure what to do about it.
I hope it’s due to the extra stress laid on me recently that is only going to get worse until September 1st.
I’ll try to think of something good to write soon.