Gosh, I feel like I have been incredibly absent! Hopefully my workload will lighten up a bit from now on, which will allow me to sit down and collect my thought.
For some insight, I was awarded a Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MMoD) training grant for 2013-2014 (WOOHOO! Go me!!) But with this comes additional responsibilities. Like, a lot of them. I have to attend as many training events as I can muster up the will to go to, I have to teach (as part of a team, with the other MMoD candidates) an undergraduate sophomore-level Biochemistry lecture about critical thinking in science, I have to tutor UNL’s athletes in Biochemistry and Chemistry, and I have to get my thesis project moving.
Did you notice how many times I said “I have to”? I need to change that to “I want to” … unfortunately, right now, I don’t want to do any of those things … except my thesis project (because I want to leave). Mentally, I’m just so gosh darn bogged down. Overwhelmed, even. Overwhelmed, definitely.
If I’m not grading, or teaching, or going to meetings about teaching, then I am fulfilling my other obligations, like attending required departmental seminars, or going to my physical therapy appointments, or rushing off to tutor. (Sheesh, where is the me time??)
But today, I’m feeling good about all of this because my hard work is showing and people are noticing! In fact, they even put this on my departmental home page!
Did you see what I just did there? Probably not, because you don’t really know what I look like. BUT, I had them use my incoming photo, lol. Oh the youth.
DANG! I just feel so good! I love when hard work is rewarded, and I love it when MY hard work is rewarded! 🙂