Two people that I’ve worked with in academia have made an indelible and irrevocable impression on me.
They just don’t “fit the mold” in their places of work. Their job title doesn’t seem to suit them, and they’re always doing so much more than anyone above them even realizes. They don’t just “do work”, but they find opportunities, they transform their centre, their faculty, their team, their whatever, into much more than it would have been without them. They have bosses, sure – but to me it always seems as though they are their own bosses, they’re happy “flying-solo”. They don’t give-in to organisational bureaucracy, they dance with it. They fulfill all of the bureaucratic requirements, but at the end of the day they seem to do what they want anyway – but with the right papers signed.
They don’t “fit” – and it’s perfect. (more…)
Starting a thesis is nothing like what I expected it to be. I had thought that the biggest challenges in gaining my Masters would be actually doing the research or the first year papers, I had no clue that getting my research off the ground in the very first phase would be something that forced me adapt and grow as much as it has, more than anything else I’ve encountered. Ironically, in attempt to get my thesis progressing I’ve been learning a great deal about the start-up phase of successful entrepreneurs, and have found the number of similarities between what I’m researching, new venture start-up, and the process I’m going through, the thesis “gestation” phase, surprising. (more…)
As I was climbing up Machu Picchu with the rain permeating my rain jacket, my backpack and every layer of clothing on me saturated through, I thought to myself …why am I doing this and why didn’t I wear waterproof mascara. A self declared “experienced hiker” had just explained to me that the path was too dangerous ahead with “torrential” rain, and that she was turning back, plus that I should too. (more…)
Geez Louise – it’s been a long while since I’ve posted, and besides from the huge pile of emails sitting in my inbox that I am on a mission to get through, the reason why is the portfolio of projects I’ve been occupying myself with over the past 1.5 months. Some of these activities have ended up being published in one way or another online, so here goes, this is some of the stuff I have been doing over the past month. (more…)
…Or in my head, I should say.
Strangely enough, today I noticed an odd pattern with when I feel nauseous. It is usually after someone I am really fond of gets hurt, or leaves my life in someway. I didn’t realise the pattern until today, when a pending departure of someone I have become very fond of, occurred to me. (more…)