One professional philosophy that I’ve tried very hard to embrace is, “be open to the possibility of doing new things or taking on new responsibilities”: a new collaboration, a new side-project, a new outreach activity, a new workshop. In other words, to say, “yes” whenever possible. I’ve observed a trend towards grad students saying, “I… Read More Yes or no?
The summer is quickly winding to a close, and a shiny new fall term is just around the corner. This year promises to be extremely busy – I’m attending three conferences, have plans for two (or three!) more manuscripts, will be TAing two courses, and there’s an absolute pile of beetles still screaming for my… Read More Hobbies can teach you how to have a life and can yield unexpected professional benefits
One of the most important aspects of both my personal and my academic life is that I truly enjoy being there for others, being generous with my time and helping out whenever I can. I also love to live new experiences, to keep learning and moving, and to give back to a universe that has… Read More Learning to say no
In grad school, you are supposed to Specialize. When I went into this whole thing, I thought I wanted to specialize in Mozart and Strauss. These composers’ musics are perfectly suited to my voice – so that is what I pursued. However, in hindsight, I think my specialization was INSANITY. From day 1, in typical… Read More Insanity