04 December 2012

Getting into the Rhythm

Wow, things have been running on full speed for the past couple of weeks. I have been so busy lately, that I sometimes take a pause and a breather and remark, wow, this is fun!

See, during the first few weeks when I started working here, I sometimes felt depressed, feeling like I am out of place, doing nothing while everyone else around me were doing something interesting and important. However, I realized that I was just revving up my engines.

This week, I have had plenty of things to do. I had to prepare for an invited talk that I am going to give next week. I also am running stats for several tests on the results of a massive experiment that we just finished. I am also directing two research assistants. At the same time, I need to read a couple of papers as background reading for a collaborative project that I have started here with someone else from a different research group. And finally, I still have that paper that I need to finish writing so that I can submit it for publication.

There. Life has gotten busy here. Funny, because of that, I now look forward to the weekends. When I was in graduated school, I used to not have weekends. I still worked during Saturdays and Sundays. This time, I try to avoid that, although sometimes I think I will still work during the weekends. But if I can afford not to, like when there isn't a deadline looming somewhere, then I would like to take a break for a little bit.

What else is in the horizon? I have two conference presentations to prepare for. I have presentations in two upcoming conferences: in Boston in January, and in Phoenix in February. So there are things to prepare, posters, slides, what have you.

(Town Scene, from my Art Institute of Chicago Series)


  1. It's hard to move to another country, another continent, and to start a new career at the same time. Not to add that you landed there in the Fall, which isn't the most upbeat season in the Northern hemisphere!

    Keeping busy is good, it will help :-)

    1. Zhu,

      It sure does! I didn't realize I've already been here for three months!

  2. Most people I think go through the kind of phase you went through while living in a new city. Being busy is exactly just what you need, keeps the mind off depressing thoughts.

    1. TNP,

      Yeah, I guess there is an adjustment period, and once that period is over, then life goes on with all its complexities and eccentricities.