I’m currently in Beaver Creek, CO skiing with my family. I have always known that while I ski, I do a lot of thinking, but I’ve realized that I’m doing more thinking than ever about life/school/graduation. Oh, and our project. With time running out on our time at Michigan and our time in Ray’s class I can’t help but feel like this project is the last big academic challenge of my life (at least for awhile). Weird, right? While it’s easy for me to think that I will not miss studying, or researching for a class, or completing assignments, part of me is starting to think that in 5 years (or maybe more like 10) I will miss sitting in the library until 3AM with my friends working to finish papers and projects. Maybe I will miss the shitty Bert’s coffee or seeing how long I can really procrastinate before I literally HAVE to do something or I won’t get it done. Or maybe I won’t miss these things at all. Only time will tell.
In the spirit of our projects and maybe to add a little optimism to project deadline hanging over our heads, maybe we will miss this! When else are we going to get to do research and talk to people and learn about something that we are super interested in and care about? Unless you are going to grad school or get a job that you are obsessed with then this time might not ever happen again. This is the optimist in me talking, and you could be thinking I’m nuts. If that’s the case…please accept my sincerest condolences on the fateful expiration of your ability to avoid reality.