Balancing studying with research

I’m excited to be giving a research talk at the end of this month. Oh my, I am nervous because I’ve never given a talk before and I feel intimidated that I’ll be speaking in front of a room full of knowledgeable researchers and healthcare staff. I have tempted to not this because it scares me. But I know that deep down, I really want this experience. I love my research project and love talking about it so the chance to share it with people interested in hearing about it – count me in! I also think this will be a helpful learning experience to learn how to give a presentation, especially since I plan to continue academic research in my future career.

My mentor advised me that the first time you give a talk, you spend the most time making your slides and rehearsing your talk over and over until you can give your talk in your sleep. I want to give the best talk that I can so I’ve been putting a lot of effort into this.

The problem is this is the heart of final exam season. So, to make time, I woke up at 4:30 am to work on my talk. I ended up working on my talk much longer than I intended to and did not get as much biochem studying done as I planned to. As a result,  I’m going to bring up my study intensity tomorrow.

I was a bit sad after my first final exam yesterday in Physical Chemistry because I realized I did a written answer question wrong – after I handed it in. But I can’t dwell on the past if I can’t change it. I just have to focus on the next exams and do as well as I can!

I’ve always believed in trying to do the best you can when possible and would and sometimes still do feel down when I didn’t do as well I thought my studying would amount to. The further I get in my studies, the more I have become to realize that dwelling on mistakes is unproductive. Analyzing and learning from your mistakes is useful but beating yourself up over a 91 because it’s not 100% is not worth it! I hope this hasn’t come off as preachy. This is really what I wish my younger self would have known sooner and it’s something I still have to remind myself of. Don’t get me, I still wish “aw, if I didn’t make that silly error” but I get over pretty quickly compared to in the past.

I thought I was going to stop blogging when I got busier with school but strangely enough, the busier I get with school, the more I seek writing as a creative outlet. (By the way, let me know how you like the new layout of this website!)

Thank you so much for reading this little blog! I hope this brought a little peace and quiet to your busy day.

Shanna