This is it. The semester is nearly done. Just one final and I can dedicate myself solely to my research (and some fun travel!). I’m trying to put together a list of what I want to do, important deadlines, and who I want doing which tasks. Planned more meticulous than I’ve ever done before. And why? The T-word. This is my last summer un-break that I have before I need to start preparing my package. My goal is to have five papers nearly done, three grant applications in, and ten conference abstracts submitted. I have this awesome set of experiments I am so excited about seeing the results of. All of this while not having to worry about teaching in the classroom.
Vacation-wise I have four trips planned: two backpacking trips, and two tourist-ey trips. For the backpacking trips I won’t be able to keep an eye on my students since I won’t have reception, but for the vacation I can, and will. Normally, I don’t care, but it’s crunch time. The summer are partially why I decided to make the jump to academia. I’m not the kind to fuck off and screw around, and I do love teaching, but 100% dedication to my research will keep this fire going. Time to science