On Monday night I gave my final thesis presentation…so glad that’s over (but it went well! And don’t tell anyone, but it was actually a little fun. I’m just glad at least the stress of it is over). I still have three-ish weeks before the final deliverable product is due and a lot of revisions, but I’m so close I can taste it.
I’m almost done with grad school (for now). Yay!
I just sent my first email over a national association’s listserv. It was slightly terrifying. I’ve never proofread a two sentence email so hard in my life.
I haven’t done one of these since early December. Since it’s the first day of April, I figured it’d be a good time to check in with myself.
Obsessing Over: Cute spring clothing and all the sunshine we’ve had recently. I’m so ready to put away my Uggs and Bean boots and bring out cute flats and dresses.
Working On: About to start hardcore revising my literature review for my thesis. The revisions are due on Friday and I won’t have any other time this week to really work on it. I’m using a vacation day at work so I can plug away at it.
Thinking About: How much work I still have left to do on the lit review. The faculty domain of it is being a pain in my ass. I can’t figure out what my literature should be talking about, which makes lit searching hard.
Anticipating: The drive back to my apartment later today, being done with the lit review once and for all later this week, my last “first day” of classes this week as I start my final term of grad school.
Listening To: Some annoying old masterpiece BBC mystery crap my parents are watching.
Drinking: Nothing currently
Wishing: that a cheaper apartment unit in my building becomes available, because I need to let them know if I’m moving when my lease ends at the end of May, and I can’t afford the rent hike for my current unit. I really don’t feel like moving, so if i can stay in the building it’d be a relatively easy transition.
After our cohort had to submit our lit review last December, we all recreated this picture. Our revised drafts are due next week, which means a sequel will be made.
My revised/final literature review is due two weeks from tomorrow…I’ve managed to avoid doing any major work on it since I submitted the first draft in December (other things got in the way, like survey design/methodology, etc). I’m finding more articles and redoing an entire domain and it kind of makes me hate my life just a little bit.
I like reading about my topic because it’s what I ultimately want to do with my career, but I’m so over this process.
I’ve had the final drafts of my survey typed up in Word for weeks now, but I finally got around to putting it into SurveyMonkey. As soon as my med school supervisor signs off on my cover letter and I track down email addresses for the 80 docs I need to survey (I have names, but not emails), I’ll be off and running.
Graduation this spring. So ready to be done with this.
"Young people today have lots of experience… interacting with new technologies, but a lot less so of creating [or] expressing themselves with new technologies. It’s almost as if they can read but not write."
MIT Media Labs’ Mitch Resnick | Everyone Should Code (via courtenaybird)
I’m a huge supporter of encouraging students to use technology to create things, and then to share them in some way with the world around them. Aside from encouraging them to be global citizens, I think it has the positive side effect of giving them ownership of content, and the experience of actively wanting other people to share their work with proper attribution (which helps reinforce the importance of not plagiarizing others).