Tuesday, October 2, 2007

My perhaps not-so-irrational fear is that I will NEVER be done with the manuscript of my dissertation. That, and that I will spend the rest of my life feeling guilty that I haven't yet returned my specimen loans. And that everytime I move to a new place I will be forced to carry thousands of bees that belong to someone else with me. That, and that I will NEVER have another publication again because I will be stuck making minute word changes that the editor wants on my manuscript, each of which seems to be taking an hour to change throughout the entire ms.

Ok, I'm done whining. (For today)


Sally's sister said...

Not that anyone knows what this means - but it'll help me to vent - I HATE STORET! The epa database - people casually say - oh - just get the data off of STORET! It's not that SIMPLE!!!!! I spent all day query it - to have to wait overnight to get the results - only to have 3 queries not even show up, and now I'm redoing them, and when I asked the STORET help about it, they casually say - oh, you'll have to resumbit the queries, unless you just submitted them today, then you have to wait overnight, even though I included the email from STORET that said I could pick up the output TODAY!!!!!

Jenny said...

SS, your post made me thankful to not know amything about STORET. Good luck.

My irrational fear (one of several, anyway) is that I am never going to make an impact on students and that every time I talk nobody listens. Evidence to fuel this fear? An answer on a recent env. sci. exam: "a tampon is an example of a nonrenewable resource."
And I also feel that I will never get my own manuscript sent off (despite it being far shorter than Molly's, likely), Evidence to support this fear? I cannot get my former advisor to finish reading it! (Why does it need to take 4.5 months to read?) And without imput from someone in an advisor-capacity, I am worried about its chances.
I think I'll take some advice from an earlier posting and skip a bit on my way out the door tonight.

Molly said...

Gosh, SS, that STORET program sounds like a nightmare. It makes me think of Office Space, where the guys bash in the fax machine out in that field... too bad you can't do that to software :)
And fears surrounding teaching... well, that's a whole new game, isn't it. I am sure that you are making a positive and great impact on your students, Jenny. I would imagine that your work fits into such a large learning process for students that it can be hard to see the immediate impact in some cases.

Jennifer said...

Whew, I am glad that I don't have to deal with STORET either.

Molly and Jenny - hang in there and those manuscripts will get published!