Give yourself credit
My horrorscope said to "give myself credit", so here goes:
my paper got in today.
I am SO relieved.
And then, literally just as I finished reading the email and went to give my advisor a thank-you hug for being my moral support, my student showed up. So, I celebrated by teaching her how to do a transfection, and then we went to lunch and talked about the goods and bads of science, very openly. She knows, because her father does some research. And I really do believe that students should go in with their eyes open, if they are going to go into research.
And regarding a previous blog, I don't think I said this outright, but I think that it ultimately hurts everybody to recruit students on false pretenses. They just end up quitting anyway, somewhere down the line, or they end up miserable and make everyone around them miserable, too.
I know, because I worked for someone like that. And I have worked with plenty of students and postdocs like that. They are no fun to work with.
Science is bad enough, even when you're pretty sure you want to be in it!
Sigh. Anyway.... didn't get much done today, but THAT'S OK. Today I just say, I worked hard for this, that particular saga is OVER.
Except, I have to send hard copies for color matching. Argh. Must go get special paper for color printer....
CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT IN PRINT!!!
And I'm sure it's not the last saga, but boy did I learn a lot! I am a big believer in the motto: try not to make the same mistakes over and over again, try to make new ones. Research is great for that. So many mistakes to be made... so little handbook.
Moving on to new horizons, new potential pitfalls and all.... a change in the scenery.
Hope you all had a great Monday, or at least a bearable one.