Our department makes all graduate students give seminars for the whole department. Masters students give one 30 minute talk, PhD students give two 30-minute talks and a one hour one. After the seminar you get a bunch of questions from faculty, and they fill out a form saying if the talk was okay or good or very good or excellent. Since I’m finishing my PhD, I was due my one-hour talk.
We also have to have regular committee meetings, where you update your supervisor and two other committee members on your progress. That comes with questions and evaluations too.
Wednesday I had my one hour seminar AND a committee meeting right afterwards (so I only had to present once and just got more questions than usual). At my previous committee meeting in December they promised (in writing!) that if I finished x, y, and z before May 21st I’d get permission to write up. I did indeed finish x, y, and z, so I got permission to start writing! (I still want to finish a few things, but don’t have to start anything new in the lab.)
So, obviously I’m tired from preparing the seminar and finishing my lab work before that day, but from January to early April I had also been taking the teaching course I mentioned before, and from February until this week I was writing weekly Facts Behind the Fiction articles about ReGenesis. Oh, and there was SciBarCamp in between, and I had orchestra and Hypothesis all this time, too.
All in all, I’ve been working about 80 hours a week from January until this week (14 hours a day during the week, and another 10 total on a regular weekend. Some weeks were as “low” as 60-70 hours, others were probably more than 90, but I refused to do the math those weeks). I have many things to catch up on, and have a list of ideas and half-finished projects. So let me sleep and clean the apartment a bit and I’ll be back in action very soon.
Everyone is always complaining about the thesis-writing part, but at this point it looks so easy to me: I only have to write a thesis, not do all kinds of other things at the same time! Plus, I like writing, so how bad can it be, really?
(Cue foreshadowing theme music.)
Yeah, ask me again in a few months.