It’s TEACHIN’ TIME!
I don’t think I can properly convey my excitement over being able to teach statistics again. I mean, I guess I’ve been running labs for the past two years, but it’s just not the same, you know? I really feel like teaching statistics—especially intro statistics—is what I’m meant to do with my life.
And I know this position is only temporary (I’m technically only hired through December 31st of this year), but I’m going to do whatever I can to see if I can keep it going longer. Surely some of the higher up professors who teach 213/217 would want an opportunity to focus more on their research or on the upper-division courses they’re teaching, right?
Either way, I am eternally grateful to Scott for really pushing those in charge to hire me. I’m pretty sure I would have never gotten this opportunity without his influence. Now I just have to prove that I know what I’m doing and hope that they need somebody for next semester.
I moved offices today! I got “promoted” to the fifth floor where all the professors/post docs are. I met the lady who will be taking over my desk in my old office (she’s from Russia and is in the theoretical math area) while I was cleaning out all my crap. She’s super nice and said she wants to come to my lectures so she can refresh her stats, haha.
Here’s a pic of my new office:
I’m sharing it with two post-docs, but one of them isn’t teaching this semester and spends most of his time at Foothills, so he probably won’t be around. The other teaches a math class. Calculus, maybe? I can’t remember.
Anyway, the windows are west-facing, so we’ll get the hot afternoon sun, but there’s no way this office can be hotter than my previous one. That thing was a furnace.
I AM, THAT’S WHO!
This afternoon, in the span of about an hour, I went from hoping to eventually get a teaching job somewhere to hearing that I get to teach a section of STAT 213 in the fall. It’s currently just for that semester, meaning there’s no guarantee that I’ll be hired for any subsequent semesters, but that’s what they said at UI and I worked for two years (plus summers) as a lecturer there before heading to the frigid north.
I am super, super excited, yo.
I got another TA award! Yay! I got one for fall 2014; this one is for fall 2015 (they just announced it, though, haha).
I think the reason I didn’t get one in Winter 2015 was because I had only like 8 people in my lab the day I ended up handing out the little review forms, and I don’t think it was a big enough sample for them to even count it (their reasoning is that if there are too few people filling it out, those people can be more easily identified, and the survey is supposed to be anonymous).
UGH THE TEST IS OVER. Thank god.
It wasn’t awful, but I know I made at least one—maybe two—stupid little mistakes. I’m hoping Dr. Lu will be merciful and see that I do understand what I’m doing, I just made dumb math errors.
‘Cause that’s what I do.
Now it’s time to do nothing school-related for the rest of the day.
This video accurately depicts the change in my attitude and approach to grad school, pre- and post-February 2nd.
The day you identify with a HowToBasic video is the day you know that things have gone horribly wrong.
HARD TO BLOG
I am DONE with the first draft of my thesis introduction. Last time I did this, I thought the introduction was the hardest/most work-intensive part of the whole thing to write. So considering I’ve got all my simulations done and just need to write up the results, I’m guessing it’s the same sort of thing this time around.
So it’s nice to have that first rough draft done, even though it is just a rough draft.
Plus, I don’t think I’d made this much progress until April or so last time.
Okay, so unlike Thesis: Round I in 2011, I’ve actually started my thesis writing now—in January—versus in March. Which is probably a good thing. I also feel like I understand what I’m actually doing WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than I did back then.
I also care a lot more.
So yeah. Hopefully things will go a lot smoother than they did last time, but I guess we’ll see.
It’s time for the final semester of the Masters program! I’m excited. Well, excited for it to be over. Excited to (hopefully) get this degree. I’m hoping to be done with the thesis stuff by May so that I can defend then and just not worry about anything over the summer. That would be SO NICE and SUCH A GREAT CONTRAST to last time in 2011.
I just want to teach, man. That’s the end goal of all of this.
I just. Want. To. Teach.
Had the final for Dr. Chen’s class this morning, which means I’M FREE OF THIS SEMESTER!
(Except not really. I have to invigilate a test on Monday at freaking 7 PM.)
BUT I’M FREE OF ANY CLASS OBLIGATIONS!
Now it’s thesis time for real. My goal is to get it done by May at the latest, but we’ll see.
I’m already ridiculously nervous.
Hooray, a 33/30 on that test!
That makes me super happy. Not as happy as A’s on BOTH of those freaking tests, but it least it raises my average up to an A- in the class.
Now all that is left is the final.
Bring it on.
(I’m going to go pass out from relief.)