Personal Life Update 15
After a long time and a lot of hard work, it's hard to believe I've finally reached this point: internship applications are submitted and I'm ready to start scheduling interviews. My applications were actually submitted a couple of weeks ago, but I've been slowly recovering since then. For those who have never gone through the internship process, just know that it's a very long process that requires verifying a lot of information and going through several drafts of materials. (My wife half-joked that applying for internship is basically in itself an internship; it certainly felt that way at times). I've learned a lot going through the process, and I plan to share my tips for other grad students at a later time (I'm still going through the process, after all).
Having relaxed during the past two weeks (well, to the extent that grad school lets you relax, which isn't a whole lot), I'm finally starting to pick up on things that had been put to the side. I spent several hours yesterday organizing things and cleaning up, and then finishing revisions to a manuscript that I hope to re-submit soon. There's still another manuscript that I need to work on (hopefully today).
And, of course, posting here more often. I've missed making posts and content for the site, and it's been great to update some things recently. The CV page should be up-to-date, I added a presentation I gave recently to the resources page, and I published a post about the tools I'm using for my dissertation. I have several ideas for other posts, but they'll take some time to put together. In the meantime, I wanted to get out a quick post, and these update posts are the easiest to put together.
Speaking of my dissertation, it's starting to move along again. It's becoming a bigger project than I originally intended (I thought I'd find about 100 articles total; I'm finding about 100 articles per condition currently). That's exciting because it will mean more robust and useful results, though it does delay the overall timeline a bit. My goal is to still get it finished before starting internship, but at the very least I intend to have the actual analyses completed.
After that's done, the writing should be pretty simple. I'm trying to get into the habit of writing more (hence working on manuscripts and blog posts) as a sort of personal NaNoWriMo. I've thought about trying something new to help with writing, like Scrivener, but right now it makes more sense to re-settle into my routine rather than trying to introduce a lot of new things.
The good news is that my usual routine seems to be scaling pretty well to increasing demands of things like internship applications, research deadlines, and so on. After taking several years to refine my organization, tracking, and work flows, I feel like my current system is able to handle just about anything life brings my way. Which is helping me to feel more confident leading up to internship and the workload that comes with it.
In terms of non-academic things (it's hard to remember to think about things outside of grad school, once you reach this point...), I'm really looking forward to the upcoming holidays. It will be a nice break before interview season. Plus, it means wrapping up a lot of things in preparation for a fresh start in the new year. It feels great to get a lot of things off my to-do list that have been sitting there week after week. And by taking care of those things, I'll be able to really relax and enjoy time with family. Hopefully I'll be able to disconnect quite a bit during that time.
Overall, that's a pretty short summary of everything new that's going on. It doesn't sound like much in writing, but it's been a lot of time and work in real life. Now, with this post out of the way, I'm going to spend some time on my voicebank for VocaliD. Then I'm going to get some more rest so I can hopefully get over this cold I've had for several days.
Hope you've all been doing well too, and be on the lookout for some more content here.