Thursday, April 9, 2009
What do you think? (Summer plans)
Now that I've decided about graduate school (!), I realllly need to start figuring out what I'm doing with my summer.
- Graduate school begins the end of August.
- The first week of August I will be at ESA.
- I can only work at my current job until May 19th.
- If I spend a minimum of 6 weeks this summer doing graduate school type stuff (could include ESA and trips to workshops), I can accept a 6K fellowship.
- I've been offered a one-week position in late June to help out with a summer class here at the bio station on math/ecology, which could be a lot of fun. It's being taught by my all-time favorite post-doc.
- visiting family and friends in the SW before or after ESA
- getting the heck out of the USA, seeing some place new and different and memorable, and having an adventure
- spending time with Eugenie
- spending time with my family, maybe helping mom and dad build a cabin
- visiting friends
- doing stuff not related to ecology or mathematics
- doing something to help other people
Any suggestions people?
I'm trying to decide about accepting a summer fellowship (6K, fun place, but it would eat up 6 weeks of my 'last' summer). On one hand, listing fellowships on a CV is good, and it's hard to argue with 6K. On the other, I really do want to do things that aren't ecology and that help other people out this summer. I'm in the fortunate position of not needing that money to last the summer, although it could help pay for other adventures/travels.
I also wonder about the merits of spending six weeks volunteering/some sort of community service, versus me working six weeks at a job that I am skilled at, and just donating my earnings. The first would probably have a bigger impact on my life, while the second might have a larger overall benefit. I dunno.
If I take the fellowship, probably any big trips would need to happen between May and June, which is really soon, and I still don't know where I'd want to go (excited about lots of places).