I’m back to my routine – for the last time in a while! I’m getting anxious about the hundreds of things I need to get done in the next two weeks or so, but I’m trying to knock them off the list one at a time.
Overall, I really enjoyed the conference in Philadelphia! I enjoyed going to Reading Terminal Market, which was right near the hotel I was staying at, and had a nice time getting to know co-workers a bit better. I also had the opportunity to meet some researchers who I’ve worked with (emails, calls, etc) but never actually met in person. That’s always nice!
The sessions I attended were interesting, though some were a bit discouraging. I heard a lot in particular about the coordination of private industry and academia, and it doesn’t seem like it’s working too well. That was unfortunate – both have so much to learn from one another. I also heard a lot about how the current PhD system doesn’t prepare researchers well, and that the field of behavioral science needs more computationally-oriented people. It doesn’t seem like the systems are in place to accommodate that, which is discouraging. I did walk away feeling like I’m making the right decision to be moving away from academia at this point in my career.
Overall I had a really great time, but came back completely exhausted!
Teddy and I crashed with a lovely meal from the Whole Foods Salad bar on Saturday afternoon. We ended up starting the Game of Thrones series, and got sucked in right away! I was hesitant at first – fantasy really isn’t my thing – but we both got really into it! Teddy is even reading the books now. I might have to as well! We can’t watch ahead, but perhaps we can read ahead…
Today is my second to last day of class, and it was a busy day. Final projects are in the home stretch, and I spent a good deal of time working on projects investigating sentiment analysis on Twitter, and attempting to get population estimates for my models at the Brandeis office. We’ll see how that happens. I debated about going to the gym this afternoon because I have so much work to do, but really slacked last week while I was at the conference, so didn’t feel like I could skip. Plus, I’ll be moving tomorrow and who knows where I’ll be these next few days, so I figured I should jump on the opportunity while I could. I’m glad I went, but didn’t feel very strong on my run. I ended up doing 2.25 miles on the treadmill. I just felt very lethargic (plus I was hungry). I’m glad I went, though!
Now it’s time to call it a night – another busy day tomorrow: last day of class, project due, moving out of my apartment, and viewing another place. Wow, I’m already tired just writing that all out…