Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blogging Break

Hey y'all! I feel so terrible I've been neglecting my blog lately. Grad school has really taken over my life lately and it's affecting a lot of my life outside of school. Just to give you an idea, here's everything going on just in school right now:

1. I have a review paper due on Friday. It's not too hard - I just have to actually write it.
2. I print two posters for a conference on Monday. I'm presenting these so they have to thoroughly summarize my research. I'm making sure I've done all the experiments I was supposed to but of course I forgot to do something so I'm rushing to set it all up and get it done in time!
3. I'm giving a presentation in journal club on Wednesday. This course isn't that hard but it's just sitting down and taking the time to do it and setting aside time to practice a couple times (but probably only once).
4. My original research proposal abstract is due Wednesday. This is the big one that's causing the most stress in my life. It's only a one-page summary of my proposal (the whole proposal will be written in the next month) but I have to have my project pretty well planned and outlined. Just saying that doesn't make it sound hard but you have to come up with a project that has never been done before! And other scientists are likely out there doing what your project is about - someone published a paper doing my project just this year. And I only found it on Sunday. That means I had 9 days to make my project different. Hence the incredible amount of stress.

Between all of this, trying to maintain a semi-social life, and not go completely crazy, I've had to put some things on the back burner. I've missed blogging lately, but it's just something that I don't feel like I can keep up with while I'm working on this proposal. (If I haven't mentioned, it's an actual exam. More specifically an oral exam. Eventually I'll write the 10 page proposal and present it to my committee who will either pass or fail me. If I pass this, I'll be a PhD candidate meaning the only thing between me and that PhD is writing and defending my dissertation. Crazy right?!)

If you want to still keep up with me during this time, follow me on Instagram here or on Snapchat (aerichardson...expect lots of cat snaps!). I'm not totally giving up social media, but I am going to pull back from blogging. I was finally starting to get into the habit of posting twice a week, but that likely won't happen for a while. I know I'm so bummed! I love doing Birchbox reviews so I'll definitely keep up with those (even though they're only once a month!). Of course the next question is how long will this last? Great questions. Best case scenario is life is back to normal by mid-April. Worst case scenario is mid-May. I'll definitely still let y'all know of new posts on Instagram and my Facebook page (check it out here) so check those out every now and then!

I appreciate any prayers y'all may want to throw my way, but the Lord is good and as rough as grad school is, I still feel like this is where I'm supposed to be. 


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