Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Yup, pretty awesome.


If I had this dress, I would wear it everyday. Not even kidding in the slightest. It would be perfect. Unlike now, where my spring attire is either skirts and Threadless t-shirts, or involves one of my several different neon hued running shorts. This dress would change everything. I'm just saying...

And just putting off working on my presentation for tomorrow's seminar. When will all this hard work nonsense go away? I am getting a little burned out and it is only the 2nd week of my rotation!

6 comments:

Sara said...

cute dress! we are wearing something similar (same shape, different fabric) for my friends wedding and im so happy she picked jcrew dresses as bridesmaid dresses.

hang in there with the work!!! i know it seems crazy with classes and labwork, im not saying you should be a huge slacker but make sure you pace yourself through the first year, i was just discussing with one of my grad school friends back in Cali about another of our friends who worked really really really hard his first year and got totally burned out and is now struggling to finish. the other friend also worked pretty hard, but took a little more time to breath and is in a much happier place.

think of your first year (especially with the rotations, which are awesome) as a chance to get an idea of what you want to do, learn a few techniques, etc, but don't forget to work on finding a work/life balance and that things will get easier when classes are over.

good luck!

MissScientistSF said...

Thank you Sara! I was hoping you'd have some words of wisdom. It is good to hear about someone over doing it their first year, I have a tendency to overbook myself and need to be more careful about that. It is just crazy how there is always something else you should be doing, you really have to decide when to take a break and relax. Thanks for your encouragement, it is great to see someone who is almost done (yay) and managed to have a life at the same time.

Sara said...

yeah, the sad fact is you are really left to find your own way in grad school, and the first year you are expected to essentially work three jobs at once (full time student, full time lab worker, plus some ta-ing for some people), but your professors DO know that, no one expects a first year student to spend 60 hours a week in the lab

(ok, or if they do then they are not someone you want to be working for anyway! a non-trivial point to consider when doing rotations, is the professor someone who you will LIKE working for? do you like the group? do the students work 80hr weeks plus the weekends or do they get to have a life as well? also, a not often discussed question, how long are the students in the group for? does the professor abuse their power and make them stay 6,7,8+ years because they want to get cheap grad student work out of someone who should really be a post doc?)

and like you said, there will always be one more thing to do, you really do have to decide to take a break, and often you will work more efficiently if you are not in the lab 12 hours a day, unless you are superman there is noway you can do really good work for that many hours.

i think i mentioned this before but one thing that helped me the first year was having friends to do homework with, we would get together at 6 every night after classes + labwork, take turns cooking dinner, and then do homework together all night, it made the year we spent working till 12 every night bearable, and felt like I had somewhat of a life.

MissEm said...

let's flag it as a bridesmaid dress if J.Crew makes it in a non-seersucker pattern!

MissScientistSF said...

Yay! I love that cut, I think it is super flattering. I will find a version in Deep Peacock!

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