The Constant Evaluation of Self

These days, I tend to write all my blog posts at once and schedule them to publish daily Monday through Thursday. It’s a model that works, though it also means that I’m writing in advance of certain life events. Perhaps, since I’ve written this post on a Sunday, things will look differently from a Thursday…

The Heat of Scrutiny and Praise

Yesterday I successfully defended my thesis to my committee, which was comprised of: Dr. Troy Glover (Reader), Dr. Sanjay Nepal (Committee Member), and Dr. Bryan Grimwood (Advisor).  I began my 20-minute Powerpoint presentation with a video that took my examiners on a virtual hike of my research on the trails, then had to respond to two…

A Daily Indulgence

It’s 2:37pm on the day before my thesis defence. I’m nervous, excited, and altogether anxious to get through the proceeding 24 hours. A two-year process full of work, stress, new insights, and rapid learning experiences is about to (symbolically) come to an end. I hesitated to talk about my thesis defence publicly, on a blog…