19 Jan

I’ve Been M.I.A.

I must apologize for being missing for the past several months. I have been dealing with a lot of personal stress as well as school stress and took a break from blogging to address most of the issues.

I took this time to re-evaluate what I want to get out of this blog. Mostly, I want to have a place to vent about being a graduate student, but I also want to have a forum to educate the masses about the wonders that are science! I am starting the new year with the goal to write a post twice a week. We’ll see if the chaos allows more.

One of the biggest stressors but also my greatest passion¬†has been that I was elected to the inaugural¬†Outreach Officer to our graduate student association. My job is to decide what exactly the position will be responsible for as well as coordinate the outreach events our organization takes part. My biggest problem, in general, is the ability to say “no” to tasks that I cannot complete (whether it is because I don’t know how or, the more likely, that I already have too much on my plate). This position has allowed me to expand as a person by becoming comfortable with saying “No” to things I can’t/don’t want to do.

In the fall semester, I coordinated volunteers and activities for three events at local elementary and middle schools. I also developed and executed a workshop that was designed for our local Women in Science and Engineering “Expanding Your Horizons” workshop for sixth-grade girls. All of these events were successful and tons of fun!

The best part happened today.

I received contact from a local eighth-grade science teacher to coordinate demos starting in March at a local middle school. I also received contact from a science instructional coach (here is a good job posting that describes what a SIC does). I will hopefully be meeting with her soon to discuss what our group can contribute to the local school system.

As I’ve become more and more involved, I’ve realized I have a very large passion for outreach and science education. I think I have finally found what I want to be when I grow up! Now to figure out how to get there.

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence. – Louis Pasteur