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Oh, Hello There! I’m Back.

8 Aug

I’m back, ladies and gents. After many months of silence, I’m back.

Return of the…. Beez?

I am currently living in the amazing city of Omaha, Nebraska where I’ll be finishing my IO Psychology PhD journey. Here, I’ll be working on amazing psych projects with creativity and robots. That’s right – mother effin’ robots.

Close enough.

I already have too many things to talk about for one post: my adventure in a multi-ton death trap, driving 18 hours from Buffalo to my new home in Omaha, couch surfing for over a month, making new, interesting, and wholesome friends, teaching a class all by my big-girl self, meeting a really great gentleman on the Internet (I know, I know – gimme a break). The best part is that I don’t remember the last time that I was this genuinely happy. Just beaming and radiating positivity about my future. I cannot explain in words how empowered I feel by all of the opportunities that I have here. Even better, I actually feel like writing again. I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that I would not wish my life any other way. Well, a bushel of $100 bills would be nice.

I was born in the wrong state. I love Nebraska. It’s my new home.

More like, “The GREAT Life”

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Stuck in an Internet K-Hole

18 Mar
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Thanks, urbandictionary.com

When I work on a paper / presentation / thoroughly detailed outline of the next 5 years of my life, I go to my favorite coffee shop. There’s something about that atmosphere that just makes me feel productive. I see all of the other diligent, hipster-y looking individuals tip-tap-typing away on their MacBooks, looking to make a huge impact on their field. Or maybe just scrape by to finish the class they hate. Unclear.

I buy a jade tea: 1. because it’s delicious when you add just the right amount of honey. 2. because if I drink anymore coffee, my heart might burst within my chest cavity. I wish I was being hyperbolic. I think half of all the cups of coffee I’ve imbibed in my lifetime have been in the city of Buffalo – and I’ve only lived here for 7 months.

The only problem with this tea is that when they hand it to me in the artfully crafted ceramic mug, it is roughly the temperature of the sun, so I can’t drink it right away. Of course, I don’t have to start working right away, because I want to wait for my tea to cool down. I can’t embark upon this academic adventure if my tea isn’t ready to go. I can’t leave it behind, so I start on Facebook. After perusing the pictures, jokes, videos, and general quirky Internet presence of my friends, I find a link to an online article, and I remember that my Google Reader is full. I should go empty it. Even if I don’t read through every article in there, I love the feeling of a clean inbox. One of the articles reminds me that I haven’t checked Reddit yet today. Haha, Grumpy Cat memes. Memes, memes, and more memes.Wait, we just had a major holiday, so there are bound to be millions of photos uploaded to Instagram. Each one telling a story of how drunk someone was, how delicious their food was, how adorable their pet is, and how much they love selecting filters (ProTip: everyone looks great in Earlybird). How many likes did my photo get? Did anyone comment on my photo? Who is this person? Ohmyblog their nail art is amazing! I totally have gold glitter nail polish. Maybe I should go home and paint my nails like that. I’m not home? Oh, I’m at the coffee shop.

Hold on – what time is it?

Dammit! I just spent 3 hours browsing the Internet. That’s 3 hours that I’m going to have to stay up later to write this dumb paper.

Ugh! Every time, Internet. You get me every time.

And now, my tea is cold.

IAMA PhD Student

29 Aug

(My fellow Redditors will get the reference 🙂 )

Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth recently – I’m currently in the middle of my first week as a PhD student at the University at Buffalo. Surprisingly, this city isn’t as awful as I thought it was going to be. There’s a hipster-y section that is really nice to go out and have fun in. Also, in comparison to the size of the city, Buffalo has a decent selection of interesting foods to go and try. The program is tougher and more rigorous than initially expected, but I’m just going to do what I have to do and power through. Improvise, adapt, overcome.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
– Toothpaste studies are known for being done in prisons because they have a population that they can track over a long period of time.
– ASQ articles are really dry and boring.
– Getting a PhD in Management and OB is, so far, mastering the ability to read the English language until your eyeballs fall out. Seriously though, I’ve read more in the last week than I’ve read in the last 5 months. No rest for the wicked.
– Working in a coffee shop works for me. The music, other people’s conversation, and the coffee machine noises all blend together to create a white noise that actually helps me read and comprehend what I’m reading.

I’ll keep trying to update on a semi-regular basis to let everyone know that I haven’t just crawled in a corner to die or anything like that. Also, I’m hoping that continuing my creative writing will allow me to become a better scientific author, because really, if you look at it, writing academically is writing creatively. You have to come up with a way to express your idea about a topic in a way that is engaging for someone else to read.

I have a sweet MWMM that I wanted to post last week, but couldn’t due to my moving to a different zip code. I’ll try and post that today 🙂

Guess What I’m Doing Right Now…

22 Aug

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Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves

20 Aug

“Your Gypsy Name is Philana, meaning Loving”

Childish Gambino got his rap name from a Wu Tang Clan  name generator, so I thought I could find my gypsy name that way. I have been a gypsy this summer. 

If you remember, I traveled all around the Northeast and Midwest this summer. When I left Philly (the first time) my odometer read 73,338. Currently, back home in Upstate NY, my odometer says 82,123. That’s right – I’ve driven almost 10,000 miles this summer! Here is an outline of my adventures:

  1. Philly to Home – goodbye Villanova!
  2. Home to CBus – started my new internship 🙂
  3. CBus to Home – Tayls and John got married!
  4. Home to Philly – yeah… I still had a *lot* of stuff left there… (Thank you for your help, Josh!!!)
  5. Philly to Home – my mom’s garage is now the proud holder of all my sh*t.
  6. Home to CBus – gotta finish my internship!
  7. CBus to Chicago – Lollapalooza, bitches!
  8. Chicago to CBus – wow, I am exhausted…
  9. CBus to Home – what??!?! Do I *have* to go???

And now, number 10: Home to Buffalo. Buffalo is going to be my home for the next 4 years (…oh boy…). I’ll be packing up all of my earthly belongings (again!) and moving to Buffalo on Wednesday. I’ll be honest – I’m not particularly fond of the city, but I know that I’ll meet some great people and learn some great things. Also, they say it’ll take 4 years, but I’m going to do everything in my power to finish it sooner. I’m not getting my hopes up, but I’m going to work harder than a one-armed wallpaper hanger. I’ll work harder than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. I don’t know why all of my working analogies have an appendage missing… I need to work on that.

Just know that when I go on the job market in 3 years, I’ll be looking to move back to the Midwest 🙂

Words of the Week – Starting Over

30 Jul

I’ll be moving to Buffalo in 3 weeks and I start my new grad  program in 4 weeks from today. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t scared out of my freakin’ mind.

I like to challenge myself to try new things so as to not be complacent with my current situation. I’m a creature of habit and I know that as soon as I get into a pattern and routine, it’s hard for me to change. Some things are fun or easy to change – especially when they need to (e.g. moving out of a bad apartment, breaking up with someone who was terrible to you, going on vacation, trying a new food, going on a fun adventure).

I’m comfortable here in Ohio. I love the people I’m with, the work that I’m doing, the area in which I live, etc. However, I have to start all over again in a month. I’m moving to Buffalo – a large city that doesn’t quite reflect my personality. I’ve considered taking a year off of grad school and just working – trying out the whole corporate office thing for just a year. That could work, right?

Last week, I debated this thought. I bought the largest lollipop I could find (random, I know – but it was cotton candy flavored and seemed like a fantastic idea at the time) and drove around the Central Ohio countryside until that lollipop was gone. I just drove and thought, drove and thought. No. I’m not really cut out for the corporate world, unless it’s on the other side: helping companies to become better, studying their people and processes, teaching others how business and psychology ideas and principles are applied in the real world. To be honest, it was shocking how strongly I felt about this. I knew this was my original plan, but to confirm it in my mind, on my own, was really rewarding.  I’ve gone through several “I want to be X when I grow up” conversations, and this is the first one that has stuck with me for longer than a year.

Yes, I’m sad to be leaving Ohio – but I’m not leaving forever. I’m not being banished to a far away land for the rest of my life. They make planes, trains, and cars for a reason. I think I have it confused in my mind that when I say goodbye to something, it’s goodbye for good. In reality, it’s actually just “see you later”. I know that I’m going to come back and live in the Midwest after I graduate (pretty much *anywhere* in the Midwest – it’s flippin’ awesome here). It’ll be 4 years, but in relation to other things I’ve done, 4 years is nothing. I’ve already spent 6 years in college and grad school, waited a stupid amount of time to learn how to ride a bike, waited 3 years to see my mom finally get back on “the wagon” – I think I’ve gotten pretty good at this “delayed gratification” thing.

I found the above quote when I was searching for a neat Words of the Week post. It’s totally right – those are 3 viable options, but not for me. I don’t give up. Ever. Sure, I get frustrated with a lot of things, but if I can’t change it, then I get over it pretty quickly. However, if I’m given the chance to change something or fight for something (or someone), you better believe I’m going to. I give it all I’ve got.

When I move to Buffalo, I’m going to give it all I’ve got.

I’m Graduating??

8 May

Yep.

I found the most cliche image for graduation. You’re welcome.

I can’t believe that in 11 days, I will have graduated from Villanova with my Master’s degree! It doesn’t seem like I’ve been here two years, but then again, certain life events make it seem like I was here for an eternity. Actually, I wish I was going to be here a little longer. I feel like I haven’t explored everything there is to enjoy in Philadelphia.

However, as you’ve read from other posts, I’m certainly a glutton for punishment. In the fall, I’ll start all over again in Buffalo in an even more intense and lengthy program. I’m really excited to start, but if along the way you notice that I start losing chunks of my hair, it’s because I’ve finally realized that I have been in school for the great majority of my life.

No Internet = Broken Promises

28 Apr

So remember how I said I would be live blogging my sessions?

Yeah… This very lovely and conference-equipped hotel has the worst Internet situation in the session rooms. Ever. Thus, leading me to not follow through with my promise to give you a play-by-play of how awesome everything is here.

Description and pictures of sunny San Diego to follow 🙂

Live Tweeting / Live Blogging SIOP!

23 Apr

Greetings to all my peeps!

Live Long and Peepsper

Sorry for my lack of posting lately, but my life has gotten suuuper “cray”, as the young people say.

Howeva, I am stoked to say that I will be going to sunny San Diego this week for SIOP!!

(Insert copious amounts of Anchorman jokes here)

I haven’t decided whether I’ll be live blogging or live tweeting, but I’ll definitely be live something-ing with my iPad in hand.

I’ll “see” you in San Diego!

It'll never get old...

Basics of Blogging – Class Post

28 Mar

This is a post that I’m doing during my Org Training presentation. 🙂
I think this was a very successful training program!

 

UPDATE: I’ve just edited this post.