A lot of good stuff happened this week.
I had to write up a draft of a paper for Professor Who Hates Me, which was stressful and time-consuming but well worth it. I spent a lot of time reading some truly fascinating research, and I think I may have stumbled upon a great research idea. I’m going to run it past my adviser when I get the chance to see what she thinks of it.
I’m actually really liking my class with Professor Who Hates Me. Not least of all because my entire cohort is in it with me.
I had two additional interviews for externships. One I wasn’t entirely sold on but could work, and the other was at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The doctor at MSK was telling me all about this really intriguing research she’s working on. It was exciting stuff…the idea of getting to help with that at this major institution.
But on Thursday, I got an offer from a different hospital. It’s much more suited to my long-term goals, even though it’s not as “cutting-edge” as MSK. I’ll be doing pediatric neuropsych evals starting this summer! Should be really fun. The only thing that was drawing me to MSK was the research aspect, but it’s not even in my field, so it’s better that I’ll be working with kids and doing more clinically-based work.
I went out last night with my friend Amy from my lab, and we discussed how great our adviser is and what kind of research we’d each like to do. For the vast majority of the last 29 weeks, I’ve been contemplating switching advisers entirely. I’m still interested in trying out other labs and switching advisers, but I think I’d like to stay on at least one or two projects with my current adviser. It will be much easier once Amy starts the PhD program. She’ll have some cool projects running and I can focus on those rather than all of the other non-psychopathy stuff.