Today being NYE was quite productive for me and sad at the same time. I am now a Hoosier. I have an Indiana driver’s license and Indiana car plates. It was a sad moment taking off the old Texas plates, but I’ve hung them up in my office to remember where I’m from. As for now, I’m embracing the quaint, small town life that Indiana has given me. I really love Bloomington.
I also finally caved and bought myself a bookshelf. My den is orderly now that the boxes of books are gone and have been replaced with a warm, chestnut coloured shelf.
I like New Years because it is a time where I can reflect on the past. So often, I mull over things that need to get done, and the times that I do focus on the past are merely reflections on sub par performance. In looking at the year as a whole, I can get a true sense of my major accomplishments and realize that my failures are simply insignificant molehills that I make mountains out of.
While I could do a reflection on the past year that was 2009; I think I will save this reflection for tomorrows post and instead focus on the changes I hope to see in 2010. I’ve always thought it best to look to the future and use the past as a way of learning.
1) Hit the gym 4-5 days/week. This is always on my list of things to do. I feel like this is a realistic goal simply because now I have adjusted to grad school life, I know how to handle stress better, and I’m not taking electronics
2) Take a photo a day of something interesting. I often times find interesting or amusing things in my life, but fail to pick up on them or document them and as a result, things go by without notice. I hope that in taking a photo a day, I’ll pick up on the small things that are worthy of attention and project them in a way that picks up on the appreciation I have for life.
3) Be kind to students. I need to realize that not everyone ‘gets’ things as quickly as I do, and not everyone thinks in my same manner. I hope to encourage my students this semester and even if I can’t make them learn the material or make them like it, at least be kind and warm as a person to them.
4) Read a publication a day (or at least 5 a week). As an undergrad, I loved reading the latest research in Analytical chem, JACS, etc. but since I’ve come to graduate school, I’ve become so narrow minded in my reading selections. Everything involves mass spec and in particular gas phase studies. While this will be my true passion for now and the next 5 years, I’d like to broaden my horizons and keep up with other neat things going on outside of my little microcosm.
I’m off to a grad student NYE party, I hope that 2010 is a great year for you and wish you luck on all of your resolutions/goals