I haven’t really written much yet, and part of that has to do with the lack of internet at my house. However, there are lots of other reasons why I haven’t written anything either. One of the reasons for that is that it can often be difficult to explain to friends and family some of the most interesting parts of the science I am doing. There is another, perhaps more important, reason that I need to own up to as well. Research is hard, and often not terribly rewarding. It can be a difficult, dreary, and disheartening experience at times, which makes it all the more depressing to dwell on when I’m not in the lab.
So, I can post infrequent (very infrequent) updates whenever something turns out incredibly well… or I can accept the fact that most of the time there just won’t be anything heartening to report. More importantly, I think embracing this nature of my work will not only lead to a better and more frequently updated blog, but ultimately help me survive grad school itself. I haven’t even started, and I’ve already felt the crushing pressure and doubts that failure can bring. The only way to really battle it though, is to accept it and push forward. So today I am resolving to do so.
On a happier note I am learning TONS, meeting lots of great people, and orientation activities begin next week. I am also moved in to my apartment, which I am sharing with some pretty awesome folks. The next few weeks are going to be crazy. Crazy and awesome.