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Good, bad, ugly follow up...

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Thanks for the comments yesterday, guys. Didn't mean to scare anyone off of grad school - I'm just really, really good at making bad decisions! (but at least today's blog entry ties it all back to health and fitness :D)

After spending a fair bit of time perusing the interwebs and looking at job sites (probably not the best way for a first year grad student to spend a lazy Sunday morning, but it is what it is) I think my problem is that my interests have changed. With all my struggles to get healthy I now have a deep personal interest in human microbiome research. Unfortunately I've gone and joined a Geoscience department, where cool things are happening but all the nifty environmental microbiology genomics and imaging stuff now seems a bit at odds with what I'm actually interested in.

The work I'm doing now would have been my dream job six years ago when I was straight out of college. But being out in the Real World for a bit has made me crave a career with real world impact, and after all this time immersed in SparkPeople and the paleosphere, learning about gut flora and realizing just how much we don't know about how our bacterial communities influence human health...well, clearly I'm slow on the uptake but that's what I want to do! Use my microbiology background to do basic science that will help people be healthier! Contribute to the absolute cutting edge of both microbiology and human health research! Learn something about myself! And, you know, bonus points for actually be employable when I do finally graduate. :)

I think I'll go see how competent the career services staff are tomorrow morning. Maybe they'll have a suggestion for a way to switch tracks a bit, or at least some advice about how to broach this subject with my advisor. I mean, human bacterial communities are still bacterial communities, right? And people are kind of made up of minerals...? Or maybe I can somehow apply to the microbiology department without losing too much time / momentum? I need to see if anyone over in biology actually does the kind of research I'm interested in...

Anyway, I'll leave you with this: an absolutely fantastic brunch for a snowy winter Sunday!

Happy Sparking. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHAOSTHEORY635 2/4/2013 11:21AM

    Depending on your university, you might be able to work for an advisor in a different department. I'm in chemistry but my boss is in materials :)

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BROCOLIJOLI 2/3/2013 4:27PM

    Hope you are able to find a way to pursue your interests! Even if it adds some time, it's probably good that you figured it out in your first year rather than your 4th! Good luck!

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-LINDA_S 2/3/2013 3:03PM

    Gut health is KEY! I need to do more lacto-fermented veggies. Right now it's only raw sauerkraut. That brunch sounds really yummy--have to try it soon! Have a great week!

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GIANTMICROBE 2/3/2013 10:57AM

    I would really appreciate the chance to talk to you more and get to know you better. I hope this doesn't sound creepy but I really, really look up to you. You're sort of living my dream. (I KNOW that sounds weird, LOL). But really. Making it on your own, in grad school... these are things I wish for on a daily basis.

It's really odd you should mention the human microbiome because there's an ASM dinner in Baltimore February 6 and the topic is the human microbiome. I'm not going. LOL. But most of my coworkers are.

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