Every journey begins with a single step. Those who chase two rabbits catch neither. Life’s a journey, not a race. Enjoy your achievements, as well as your plans. Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life. Focus on the journey, not the destination. The way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.*
There are a thousand cheesy quotes out there, offering (often contradicting) advice about life, work, love; and every one of them can no doubt apply to living, working, and loving in academia as well.
But instead of old wives tales and tired bromides, how about some real stories?
This summer, I will be hosting a series of guest posts on this blog: true tales of academic adventure and misadventure, left turns and right turns, wrong turns and about-turns.
It all started because Yana Weinstein needed a home for a brutally honest blog post about how she reached her current happy-Learning Scientists-ending (though “ending” isn’t quite the right word, is it?); reading her draft reminded me that I’d been wanting to update my own post about Getting My Job with a few more “juicy details” (read: dead ends and new beginnings); and then when I mentioned the idea of a Summer Series to a few other people as well… suddenly the ball was rolling, and here we are!
The writers are a bunch of amazing early career researchers, who have all volunteered to share a word or two with you, dear reader. Maybe there will be nuggets of wisdom to be uncovered, maybe you will discover a new life philosophy or some career-altering advice – don’t say you weren’t warned.
Mostly though, we are hoping to simply offer up our personal perspectives on these (wonderous, twisted, occasionally hazardous) scholarly paths we are on. There will be a new post every Friday, so think of this as a sneaky pre-weekend chance to metaphorically pull up a chair, pour yourself a drink, and lend a listening ear to a colleague, friend, or fellow traveler.
For now… see you on Friday!
Links to guest post will appear here, to have them all collected in one spot.
26 May: Yana Weinstein
2 June: Hanne M Watkins
9 June: Melissa Wheeler
16 June: Sho Tsuji
23 June: Karolina Lempert
30 June: Ain Simpson
7 July: Gwilym Lockwood
14 July: Corinne Thompson
18 July: Franziska Hartung (bonus Tuesday!)
21 July: Anonymous
If you would like to tell your tale (or nominate someone to share), comment or tweet at me! @goophd
*Please don’t eat the elephant.