Thursday, December 16, 2010
Taking another step (committee!)
Lots going on in real life that I'm not going to write about now (what else is new).
Big news for the moment is that after months of procrastinating/agonizing, I finally just sent an email to a former professor asking them to be the first member of my graduate committee. This is a big step for me; I've been writing and re-writing the email all week. I really really really hope that this person answers with a big YES, because I think that their knowledge and experience would be invaluable to me, and in a number of ways their work is closer to what I want to do than my own advisor's. In general, I'm still skeptical of the value of committees, but I can totally see how this person would fit in. Part of my anxiety about it is that if the answer is no, I can't think of anyone else even at this huge institution who would be able to fill a comparable role. Mostly I'm filling my committee because the rules say I have to, but I'd really love to work with this person more.
Anyways, that's where I'm at. Cross your fingers for me.
With the holidays coming up, maybe I'll post more, including the list of favorite R functions I've been accumulating.
UPDATE: Success!! Big weight off my shoulders. Now I can ask other people on my list.