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October 20th, 2007

Saturday, October 20th, 2007 05:50 pm
I can has enemarr spectromatar!

Am slightly worried by how happy news of my lab equipment working has made me, but loving what I'm doing day-to-day finally seems a very worthwhile tradeoff to make. Also, the reliability of a the fix (gaffa! no, seriously, gaffa!) holding a wire with a dodgy connection down is a little suspect, but as long as it's working, all is good.

I said I'd explain what it is I actually do with it, so... this is my project )In other news, I attempted to go to Brookes climbing wall on Thursday, and sat around for 2 hours waiting in vain for members of OUMC, and instead managed to meet a new caver, and anther potential climber, who also works in Plant Sciences. As per usual, term is filling up very fast, so I'm thinking it's time I made some definite bookings for trips, rather than expecting I'll slot them around other things. More exercise and being outdoors is always good, although even just having a 1-mile ride to and from the lab every day is helping my general mood and awareness.

Last night was birthday drinks for [ profile] mi_guida at Raouls. They have lovely tasty cocktails, and everyone assembled there looked beautiful, and made fascinating conversation, and the whole evening was generally wonderful. I also seem to have been persuaded into going to Queer Bop, and buying tickets for non-Wadhamites. Just need to go about sorting out my dress, then. Also, more useful adviice from people who have left Oxford on possible future directions.

So, I'm pretty certain I want to stay in academia now. Everything about it suits me - the not-entirely-but-close-enough-9-to-5 hours, having real problems that matter to solve, living in a city with students (I'm hoping that Oxford isn't too much an isolate in this, and that other university towns have similar levels of extra-curricular activity) The only problem with this is that my current marks are unlikely to guarantee me place in a lab. If I make a decent improvement this year, I could well pull my performance up, but it's by no means a certainty.

The obvious solution now seems to be to take a year out to work, which would have the added bonus of clearing the small but bothersome amount of debt I have outside of my student loans. Then I could start applying for courses based on my actual degree classification, and take some time out towards the end of the academic year to travel and do voluntary work for a bit. There's a lot of useful work that can be done by a well-placed pair of enthusiastic hands, and doesn't require four years of specialised training, which I sometimes forget. However, having acquired the latter, I think it'd be a crime not to use and enjoy it.

A 3/4 millon pounds worth of high technology, and we fix it with gaffa. This is wonderful. :)