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Resolutions 2012 – 5 months in

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Hello there, awesome reader. My name is Dr. 27. I'm older than that now, but I'm staying faithful to the origins of the blog.

This blog started 2 months before completing my PhD in a pretty southern university back in 2009. It was a way to practice my writing and take a break from all things thesis. My PhD is in a branch of structural biology where I studied some rather impressive stuff.

After completing the degree, I packed my life of 6 years in 3 days and moved to Canada to do a postdoc in a completely different field. Two years later, and after attending a lot of seminars, workshops and doing some much-needed soul-searching, I ended up getting out and looking for an alternative path to academia and industry.

The blog chronicles my mishaps, ideas, musings and tips on entering, staying and finishing grad school. It also talks about some (or a lot) of personal stuff. For a while, the blog became a place to talk about the frustrations of not knowing what to do after PhD. I wanted to explore alternatives to the traditional paths of research (academia, industry and goverment) whilst going back to my field of training (if at all possible). Eventually a job materialized. Follow my quest as I navigate the waters of being a staff scientist at a core facility.

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Here’s how things are going five months into 2012. The changes are crossed and have a comment. Enjoy!

Even though I complain all the time about hating to do resolutions, I still manage to make a list. I like lists, I enjoy making them and I enjoy crossing stuff off even more. So, without further ado, here’s what I hope to accomplish have accomplished in 2012 (in no particular order):

  1. Get bangs. I love bangs, but after a while I get tired. I found a haircut that I love and back in October, I found a stylist that I like, so I hope to get into the spirit of spring with a new haircut and bangs to match. Finally I’m sporting bangs, a little long, but that’s better than ending up with Audrey Hepburn’s bangs on hair that’s thicker than thick.
  2. Sell my car.
  3. But first I need to *finally* get the papers in order. It still has an ON title.  *** I did get my driver’s license and I got the papers for transferring the title … one step at a time.
  4. Ask for a raise, because I deserve it, and I want it. After having the results of my year end review, I ended up with a few more pennies in my pocket. Not too shabby :-)
  5. Visit the family and stay a few days without worrying about money. Possibly attend my nephew’s birthday. I did, and I did attend my nephew’s birthday. I love that little bundle of awesome 🙂
  6. Attend hon’s defense and graduation. We can call honey Mr 30 and a PhD.YAY!
  7. Make a dent on credit card debt #3, the smallest one (thought it’s still pretty significant).
  8. Attend a national meeting of my discipline or at least sub-field. I have no money to attend, and work won’t cover it unless I pay in advance, so not this year.
  9. Appear on a publication, even if it’s just in the acknowledgments.
  10. Write an entry once a week.
  11. Make dinner at home, at least 1 week of every month (it costs me as much to dine out as to buy groceries and cook, so I opt to (mostly) eat out and work late).Woo! Achieved. I’m cooking most days in, not 7 days a week, but most days a week, every week. Not too shabby here either. I’ll take eating in most days, rather than cooking for 7 days just one week a month.
  12. Tell annoying family member to fuck off if he keeps harassing me.
  13. Try a few new places to eat, especially around my neighbourhood (not that I don’t love you y’all, but you know, I need variety).
  14. Walk more, eat less, drink more water. Not eating less, but I’m opting to walk more whenever I can (and soon I should be getting my orthotics! finally done, yay!!!) and I’m drinking water most days at work.
  15. Find a good, local brewery and try a new beer every month (suggestions are more than appreciated, also #drunksci).
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2 Comments

  1. Tera says:

    Dr. 27,

    I just wanted to say that I found your blog after reading the most depressing article about post-docs on foodstamps. It terrified me, haha. I’m currently 23, and I’ve just finished my Masters (yesterday, in fact!) and am going straight into a Ph.D. program in two months. I’ve spent the past 45 minutes reading a good number of your entries – especially from your early postings, and I just wanted to say thanks. It’s been great having your perspective before I go into the program (especially with regard to debt – I am still paying off one of my loans from undergrad, and I thought that my teaching stipend would be enough to cover everything going in, but what you wrote/have experienced has definitely inspired me to take a more proactive/critical approach with my finances).

    And wow, I just rambled a lot but again, thank you so much and I hope you keep going with this blog. I will definitely be back, and I appreciate you sharing your insights! They’re very helpful.
    Tera

    P.S. I’m sorry this post isn’t related to your resolutions, but they’re very inspiring too!

    • Dr. 27 says:

      Hi Tera:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m glad you found the entries on grad school and living expenses useful. It was crazy for me to be dealing with all those things for the first time, as I lived all my life with my parents. Imagine the shock.

      No worries about rambling, it wasn’t rambling at all.

      Thank you again for visiting and commenting. Best to you during your new higher-ed adventure!

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