One of the most surprising things on my MSc journey was my choice of musical companions to accompany the massive amounts of studying, stressing, sweating, and swearing. Two years ago, I knew Taylor Swift, but just in passing – bopping along to a few pleasant songs on the radio. Our relationship started gradually – a … More TSwift: My thesis-writing doula
I have been coming down from submitting my thesis. I feel I went from elation to exhaustion in mere hours. I have yet to process this idea of ‘leisure time’ that all coolest modern economic and social historians have been talking about. As I take a breath prior to re-entering the academic fray in preparation … More A proper thank you: Reflections on a MSc journey
The last couple of weeks have been action-packed and, for the first time ever, I have started to feel kinda OK from a research perspective. This has been such a welcome change from the norm, as I spent approximately 99% of the past year second-guessing my research and generally feeling stupid. (Andy Dwyer) But in … More Not-so-humble brag: Doing researchy things moderately well
Wow, am I knackered!! This past week has been inspiring, intense, and exhausting. I had the opportunity to go attend the European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour this past week in Tallinn, Estonia. While I can (and will) wax poetic about how beautiful the city, how excellent the food, and how interesting the travel experience, … More Reflections on ESSSB15
(hint: so far procrastination is winning this round!) I just had a great meeting with my thesis advisory committee today, which is rather surprising, considering that less than 45 minutes earlier, I was sitting in my cubical at work, fully believing that my TAC meeting was scheduled for tomorrow… Suffice to say, I got an … More Motivation vs Procrastination
I am in the thick of it with Nessie. She continues to haunt my dreams and consume my waking thoughts. As I am wired to only think about bikes, coffee, and epidemiology right now, these little things made my heart smile. An important thing I learned this week (in addition to learning how to properly cut … More Procrastination round-up
Exhilaration vs. Trepidation My insides are a frenzy of warring emotions that exist simultaneously in direct opposition to each other – a veritable hullabaloo of cacophonous sentiments. To start with, I am super excited to think that in a few short days (11) I will be on my bike on the open road, cycling all … More Excitement vs. panic = exhaustion?