My summer research project has been approved! I feel so scientifically and ethically acceptable!
Granted, my plan was for said research project to have started already, and I won’t have another chance to start it for a month, which sort of makes it… not a “summer research project”, actually.
But this setback does give me another free month, and maybe I can still salvage a way to make it sound passable on my CV. “Completed personal projects, sought out networking opportunities.. managed my ‘personal brand’“.. (Oh man, no, I can’t even type that with a straight face.) (“Personal brand” just refers to making a lot of twitter updates, right? Social-media types talk about it a lot, but “screw around on twitter for hours” is all I get out of it)
(By the way, did you know that Kristin Chenoweth makes a habit of tweeting while on ambien? True facts. That’s the sole reason I’m on twitter myself, and I know I’m not the only one.)
Meanwhile, I’ve been pre-studying Neuro, which is super fun. (Why would I do that? Either because I’m a total gunner or because I’m compensating for being dangerously over-committed this fall. Honestly, it’s the second reason, but I won’t begrudge anyone who thinks it’s the first. I judge me too.)
It’s pretty awesome. I spend 5 hours a day studying (done with the neuroanatomy textbook, moving onto last year’s neuropath notes) and 10 hours screwing around on the internet, avoiding all chores, and playing Medieval Total War 2. It’s a great compromise.
So for all the rising M1s out there wondering what to do with their M1 summer: Step 1) Painstakingly plan a research project in a field you love. Step 2) Watch as the IRB takes forever in approving it. Step 3) Do nothing. Step 4) Continue Step 3 forever.