I honestly don’t really know what to write about. So much has happened/been happening that it’s hard to figure out even where to begin. I guess since it’s freshest in my mind I’ll write a little bit about grad school first. For the past few months I have been working in a lab as a temp because my grad student status doesn’t officially begin until September 1st. Unfortunately, that means I have to stop working in said lab at the end of August. Even worse, it means that I have to get my ass in gear and write up a lab report summarizing my research so that this will count as one of my mandatory three lab rotations (though I’m going to do four). This is a problem because in addition to all the work involved in “my” project my boss has made me take over parts of three other projects that no one wants to do (I’m decent at a particularly finicky and tedious technique that involves a lot of front end work that no one else wanted to do).
Because of this situation I have a very odd problem. I’ve been generating data like it’s my job (literally and figuratively… wait, nope, just literally) but I haven’t learned anything new. I’ve missed the big picture. I feel like a lab tech again. Such feelings are not good when one is in grad school. So for the past week I’ve been trying to play catch-up and figure out what my results have added to this particular field and while I’ve been having success in doing so there’s just so much more I need to learn before I feel comfortable with it. Maybe it’s a lost cause and no one really expects me to know all that I expect myself to know, but since those people aren’t telling me otherwise I am just going to assume I do. Well, grad school is off to a fantastic start! Can’t wait for more of this!
Sarcasm aside I actually can’t wait for the school year to begin. I haven’t been intellectually stimulated in years and very much look forward to the challenges that await me in classes that range from how to build a patch-clamp rig so we can study individual ion channels on the surface of an axon to how large-scale neural circuits underlie complex behaviors. It’s gonna be awesome and I am truly excited for the long term, but now is all I know and now sucks. Oh well, it will get better soon. It always does. In the meantime I’ll just listen to a little M83, Drive-by Truckers, Broken Social Scene, and MGMT to get me out of this funk.