It’s been another environmental philosophy day. The more I read, the longer my to read lists grow, but I kind of love that this is looking like a never-ending project
Took a road trip with my step sister to visit my parents in the country. It’s really nice to come up here and see them again. I’ve missed it. Brought some work with me because I’ll be here for a few days and I don’t want to fall behind
I have two jobs that add up to almost fulltime on its own and I work extra shifts, I’m a fulltime grad student, and I already need more hours of sleep than the average person. I cry just from the thought of having to go back to work sometimes, not because I hate my job (I mean, sometimes) but because I am so. tired.
And I still feel lazy…
i haven’t sent any work to my supervisor in a couple of months so i’m setting myself a deadline! i will send him either my current chapter or a short section of my intro by friday 11th july.
Take a shot every time someone references Gordon Wood or radicalism this weekend
35 days to go
I am struggling so much with getting the results chapter of my thesis figured out. It’s so difficult to go through the results and put them down on paper. Emotionally draining.
And I’m already all emotioned out from the coronavirus and sociopathic government.
8/100 did not want to do anything today so I ran some errands, responded to emails, and started reading quite late, going to try to read for a couple more hours so I feel like I’ve made decent progress
03.07.2020 | 12/100 days of productivity
I did some more activities for the Academic Writing class, but I just got stressed. Every module there’s an assignment with a system problem where you can’t submit your answer or it’s just a reading activity but the system says there should be an assignment and they grade you a zero because you didn’t complete the nonexistent assignment… There’s an email where we can send doubts and stuff like this and I already did it twice and I still got no answer from them. I’m worried about my final grade, there are nine weeks left yet, how many more activities will be a problem?
I never want to take online classes in my life ever again. But unfortunately, I’ll probably have to until this pandemic ends.
Grad school woes strike again.
My experiment is an epic 4-part monstrosity, with like 3 different kinds of tasks that I’ve meticulously crafted with my meagre coding skills in PsyToolKit. I’ve hovered over them like mama-hen for weeks, figuring out how to make it do what I want (way beyond PTK’s normal capacities), catching all the bugs and typos, perfecting the timing, etc.
It was like a glowing gem. It worked. I launched the study. It was even usable on other people’s computers. Nobody got confused.
And now, 1/3 of data collection later, I notice that the most important task, the one that actually answers the fucking research question, got launched with only ½ of the trials that it needs.
BECAUSE I FORGOT TO CHANGE ONE NUMBER IN ONE LINE.
FUCK. MY. LIFE.
I’m yet to see how much of a disaster this will wreak on my data after I run it through the exclusion criteria, and I’m lucky I designed the study with a fair bit of overkill in terms of trial numbers, but.
Fuuuuck this is such a dumb mistake.
Any Master degree student in their late 20s aroundbhere?
I love seeing all the Gradblrs around but can’t help but feeling old. I know each person’s journey is different, but I’ll love to see other people starting their masters later than average, like me! 😊
Friday, July 3, 2020
Started to get it together today and organized some articles for my thesis. I read one and took notes in the margins.
A great tip I’ve gotten from a professor is, after reading a book or article, to write a very short summary of the main points and create the citation for it. By the time I’ve read through my sources and done this for each one, I’ll have an annotated bibliography! It’s also great to have these summaries to refresh your memory when you go back to look at a source, without rereading the whole thing.
Just finished writing a short point-form summary for this article, and I included points of interest that might be relevant for my thesis. Also worked for about 20 minutes on the layout of my teaching dossier. Hoping to do a bit each day before meeting with my coordinator next week. God help me keep this energy up!
Day 3/100 Days of Productivity
I finally have a desk again after a whole year of not having one and sitting on the floor at my low coffee table to study!
After a meeting with my PI, I have a much clearer idea now of what I need to do for my literature review. That and assembling this desk count as my productive activities for the day.
Hope you all had a good one as well!
Me: [sitting on a bench outside the volunteer staff room]
Boss: Hey, Kathryn.
Boss: [walks into staff room]
Boss: [walks backwards out of staff room]
Boss: I forgot to tell you that we open an hour later now didn’t I?
fri july 3rd
so i just ended a relationship and im feeling pretty crappy. anyway im trying to focus on studying for the gmat - i finally picked a date, but im pretty worried. im just focusing on reviewing material at this point.
8/100 days of productivity
I’m still working on the literature review, with today’s focus being the structure. That’s all I worked on today and all I’ve been working on for several days.
To put it mildly, I’m going fucking bonkers studying in my house with my parents. They have taken over both living rooms individually and spread out projects over all the tables and the kitchen??? So my options are my bedroom, which I’ve been studying boards in consistently since February or outside (or the bathroom I guess). They just hired someone to redo the front porch so I figured I’d make use of that space. Metal roof in July, heat index of 118 F. I lasted like an hour. About 1/3 of the first optics chapter re-read.