In my astrophysics program, recent changes have seen the Qualification Exam now offered to entering students before classes even begin. I have been told it is to help gauge where you are at coming into the program and negative results are not shared with anyone and do not count against you. However, I have plans to pass and have begun to study for the Qualification Exam, everyone’s favorite test.
One of the most significant benefits of award travel tickets I have come to know is the free stopover. Continue reading
A good video documenting the Hubble Telescope and what it has accomplished by National Geographic.
Sequestration has hit the government lab I work in. Never before has something so high level in government affected the day-to-day workings of my job more than the sequestration in 2013.
At every school I was accepted to, I was offered employment the summer before classes started, starting roughly around mid June. My job would be to help a faculty member with research but I would also get to know the program before the “curriculum” actually began.
If at all possible, I would recommend doing this. First, they will pay you a stipend. Not a whole lot and probably the same amount you would receive being a TA, but it is a job nonetheless. Continue reading
BBC documentary about new telescopes.
My experiences working in a government lab, specifically a DoD lab, gave me some very unique skill sets. I enjoyed several parts of my job and there were definitely parts that I planned to never have to do again. Continue reading
I received a new laptop in 2004 when I started undergrad and had not purchased a computer since then. It was easy to see that I needed a new computer for school. Specifically, I needed a computer that could handle the computational physics I would be working on as well as be able to handle some light computer gaming and working on this blog. As with any significant purchase, I shopped around for a few weeks.
It is important to being doing something you love. But even then, it is easy to get “burned out” and need to relax and take your mind of the day-to-day tasks of graduate school (or work). There should always be a balance between your work life and your personal life.