Hi! I'm Geeka. I've been a scientist for, I don't know, it seems like forever, I guess since I started college, so, like 15 years? Anyhow, this is where I'm going to give my take on a bunch of stuff. I'm usually a little bit out there (that is, I don't see the obvious at the outset), which means that you are probably going to have to deal with reading such topics as: Interpersonal relationship training for scientists, my lab pet peeves, how to get along in business when you just came straight out of academia, trying to deal with having a life and being a scientist, really odd topics for a paper, random stuff I found on the internet that made me shoot coffee out of my nose, you know, (ab)normal Geeka. Why the title? Because at the very heart of me, I'm a virologist, and while I don't necessarily do that now, it's how I view the scientific world.
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There's nothing wrong with education being your hobby! Personally, I was sick of school when I started graduate school and was relieved once comps were over because I knew I never had to take another class again. Studying, memorizing, ugh, I'm getting annoyed just thinking about it.
You are going to make a killer salary when you are done.
I almost considered getting an MBA but I jus don't have the desire to do homework and reports or spend my free time studying. I feel like now I have so little free time as it is.
Have you ever considered teaching part-time? I bet teaching students would fill that desire to learn. Because you have to prepare for each lecture, you are essentially re-learning what you need to teach.
Geeka, I also can play the fiddle. Okay, used to. And I challenge you to a fiddlin contest to see who can play "Devil Went Down to Georgia" the best. Test me woman, I'll get all Jimmy Page and play the guitar with a fuckin bow!
DrunkCommentin Tour 2011.
@Jade: I actually taught a partial semester of Micro at an online college that frustrated me so much that I quit mid class. I'm really not proud of it, but I (swear to FSM) that I was not going to teach them that dendritic cells made antibodies or give them information from a 1979 copy of Bergy's.
@GR: Fuck fiddle. I want a banjo in the worst way. We gotta find someone to make us some 'shine.
Dude Lady, I'm from the Dirty South and stil have family that has stills carefully positioned in places that can't be seen. You know what it's like to watch the sunset after drinking peach flavored moonshine? Neither do I, that shit will make you go blind.
Gennie (can I call you Gennie?): There is nothing I would like more than to be shitfaced with you, but not actually see you. On a serious note, I cannot think of a better use of my cobbled together degrees than to streamline and safety-fy the 'shine making process.
You don't have to call me Waylon Jennings.
And you don't have to call me Charlie Pride.
And you don't have to call me Merle Haggard, anymore.
Even though you're on my fightin' side.
There is not a chance in hell that I would ever start another degree program.
Then again, I never really wanted a PhD. The two years I spent working after college were fantastic, and I only went to grad school so I could get the training/degree to get a research job that was more interesting/reliable/lucrative than the technician position I had. Doing research is much more fun now without all the degree requirements hanging over my head.
You should totally do what you want, though. You're the only person has to be happy with your choices. :)
I'm a TT wahbulance chaser, so I've still got a few postdocs to go once I'm done. I think it's fine to keep going back, as long as it's applicable to what you want to do, and you're not losing touch with reality. I met someone who had like...3 masters, a phd, and a jd and was doing an mba 'just because'. I feel like at that point the person is totally unmarketable because they have 0 real life job experience but a lot of 'i know errthing, see all the letters behind my name'itis.
Hermatage: Good point. I think that as long as they pay the tuition, I'll keep going, but if/when I look for another job, since there won't be a gap in jobs, it's not like I have to tell them that I have an MBA in hairdressing, right? :)