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Thursday, June 26th, 2003

Subject:Digging in
Posted by:grimhild.
Time:4:27 pm.
Talked with an ex-genetic counseling prof yesterday. Obtained much cool and useful information on the field. Will likely have to bug her again to send me examples of the articles that folks in the field have to read.

But today I've really started hashing through alternate science careers. They're really neatly organized at Nextwave, and decently informative, as in "nope, I don't want to do that... I could do that as a way to get a paycheck, but it'd require another degree... Ah, here is something that would definitely require a Ph.D., but it really doesn't inspire me to do so." But the career paths I've looked at are a drop in the bucket so far, as there are sooooooo many there. Ah, well. Back to the trenches.
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Tuesday, June 17th, 2003

Posted by:setauuta.
Time:2:43 am.
Mood: giddy.
OK, so it's late and I'm giddy from lack of sleep. But I think I've figured out something of a plan for the next few years.

Thanks to the beauty that is Google, I've found at least 15 colleges that offer Master's degrees in translation or literary translation, or some sort of emphasis in translation. They're all over the country, too, so I think I have a chance to move on again.

So, Stephie's thinking of grad school. I'll work however I can this coming year, and apply around, and see what happens come fall 2004. I haven't been this excited about anything in awhile. Like I said, I'm giddy from lack of sleep. But still...this is exciting! Isn't it? :)
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Wednesday, June 11th, 2003

Subject:The ball is officially rolling.
Posted by:grimhild.
Time:4:40 pm.
Just talked with the mo bio career counselor this morning. She told me to contact at least two or three people from each field that I might potentially be interested in, and also to talk with the grad student career counselor here. Turns out that the mo bio counselor mostly just deals with undergrads. I guess that I should just hope that the molecular and cell bio department here is big enough that the grad student advisor would know a thing or two about what doors the Ph.D. that I might get (wow, that seems like a revolutionary implication) would open up.

So, I've just emailed the head of the now-defunct Genetic Counseling program here, asking for an interview. Hopefully, she won't have the same kind of screening protocol that the mo bio career counselor had, which deletes all unsolicited emails without letting either party know that this has been done, or that this protocol is in place. Anyway, we'll see what I can learn.

In other news, I've pretty much ruled out pure nutritional science. Seems that if I went down a road concerning nutrition, I'd be happiest just taking existing data and making it accessible and understandable by real people. Also, for a brief while (due to a career exploration program), I'd been considering voice pathology. I've all but ruled that out now.

It's really setting in that it could take a really long time to get from here to a stable career that I like. In order for it not to seem like wasted years to me, I think I'm going to have to resolve to grow in non-carrer-related ways as all this is happening. Just might have to break out that guitar again...
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Monday, May 19th, 2003

Posted by:setauuta.
Time:2:03 am.
Mood: scared.
In about 9 hours, I graduate from college. I honestly don't know how that happened - I could've sworn I just got here. But here I am, the night before my college graduation, and I'm terrified. I don't know what I'm doing next, all I know is that I'm moving back in with Ma on Tuesday (when they kick us out of the dorms) and will be there for a year or so, most likely. School? Work? Both? I'm toying with the idea of taking classes at one of the state schools, and I'll obviously be working (mmm, student loans), but there isn't really a grand scheme of things.

I suppose that's what's scaring me the most - the fact that I have no idea what's going on. For now, though, I'm just focusing on getting through tomorrow - please, don't let me trip. I'm the last person to walk the stage for a BA (there's one MA after me), and I plan on blowing bubbles as I walk. Being the paranoid geek that I am, I practiced walking and blowing down the hallway earlier. Well, actually, I've been practicing walking and blowing bubbles for most of this year.

It's almost over.
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Saturday, May 10th, 2003

Subject:It's all over, there isn't any more...
Posted by:setauuta.
Time:4:53 pm.
Mood: accomplished.
Well, it's over. I turned in the last assignment of my Reed career. As of right now, my only "academic" obligations are to pay my bills, and show up for commencement.

It seemed almost anti-climatic - after all that work, after all these years of paper writing and the like, after I turned in the paper I crashed like a meteorite. The only thing I could think to do was to sleep. Granted, I had been operating on 3.5 hours of sleep, and was at work at 6am, but still.

I can't believe it's over.
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

Subject:El tercero
Posted by:grimhild.
Time:4:32 pm.
Hi, all. I think that both reasons to join this list apply to me, in a way. Right now, I'm finishing my first year of grad school in molecular & cell biology (qualifying for the 'been there' bit), and am planning to start seriously searching for the best way out just as soon as classes this semester end. A life of competitive biology research is definitely not for me, and I'm not sure if the other doors that a Ph.D. would open up have good things for me behind them, either. Oh, and there is the fact that some day I want to have a family, and therefore want to have a sane enough work week to be a family dude.

Other options I might start considering are:

Genetic counseling
Regular ol' counseling
Nutritional science/dietetics
Priesthood (not really all that seriously, though I hear that since Episcopalian priests are allowed to marry, those who turn [back, as it would be in my case] to being Catholic are allowed to stay married)
Dance (yeah, right -- only if it were a situation in which I'd [a] feel competent at the work, and [b] wouldn't be starving)

So there. I like the idea of becoming a real human, and a whole human, and so would love the opportunity to help others do the same, if I can. Huzzah for happy people.
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Posted by:phyxius.
Time:1:26 am.
Hey...I see I'm the second member to this, so I guess I'll introduce myself.

I'm Serafina. I'm 16, and a junior in HS. It's a given I'm going to college, for my mom and I suppose myself too. My mom's pressuring me to look for colleges now, which is kinda hard, since I don't exactly know what I want, other than to get out of the state (new mexico--i hate it here). I know I want to be a photographer/videographer, but not a film maker...I don't want to write, and that's all I can seem to find majors on.

I've taken the sat and the act, and got pretty good scores on them, i get mostly As, and my mom's willing to pay a decent amount for my tuition, so I think I have a pretty good chance of getting into a decent college, and one that I like, too, but I dont want that attitude to take over, because then I'll become too lazy and not try as hard as I need to.

I think that's all. :-)
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Monday, April 28th, 2003

Subject:Hiya
Posted by:setauuta.
Time:11:31 pm.
Hey, folks, and welcome to the new community. Might as well start off, no? I'm about three weeks away from graduating college (a small liberal arts college, and I'll have a BA), and frankly I'm a little nervous. This whole real-world stuff is a little beyond me, it seems. Also, to be quite honest I haven't not been in school since I was 5, so not being in school full-time just seems...strange. Anybody else feel this way? Any advice?

Have fun, and here's hoping this community can give the support folks need.
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