Let’s be honest, with world hunger, violence, terrorism, and any other number of regular atrocities, taking pictures in sprinkle pools and with life-sized gummy bears might seem like pointless fluff. And, partly, it is. However, I liken all of the heaviness of this life to a huge swimming pool. On one end the water is 3 feet deep and the other end is 30. We can only stay in the deep end for so long before we need to head back to the shallow end and catch a breather. This is that breather. We can handle everything that comes our way but we need to learn how to recharge our batteries. I do it by focusing on things that make me happy. Things like pink, cuteness, documentaries, glitter, crafts, and yoga. This week it was the Museum of Ice Cream that made all of my pink and colorful dreams come true. Here are some images, I hope you enjoy and find a little happiness today!
Hi C&C readers! I’ve been missing in action and posting some real quickies, but I’m back and hopefully better than ever. For those of my beloved who don’t know; I’ve been a caged bird for the past 7 years, caged in a PhD program that has both ensnared and encouraged growth. I’m currently in a wonderfully brutal internship which has sapped my strength but I finally got the bobby pin in the lock and I’m headed to freedom. I’m by no means a pro grad student, but I do know some pitfalls to avoid so let this caged bird sing.
1. Find a program with a good fit. You will hear this a lot in grad school with little explanation of what it even means. Imagine a great pair of shoes, they have to compliment your arch, account for the depth of your heel, as well as the flexibility in your ankle. And that’s only the start then there’s color, style, ornamentation etc…these are the things you must consider when finding a great grad program. Do they match your learning style, research interests, geographic issues, and time constraints? Then, how important is a name, alumni, grants/funding, and mentors (mentioned later)? Consider each of these and more when applying.
2. Find a powerful mentor. Nobody else will tell you this but grad school is a political game and you must have a mentor with some pull. You’ll need it during dissertation time-trust me.
3. Time management. Grad school is an independent endeavor. If you aren’t a natural self starter you may need an accountability partner and rigid schedule to keep you on task. Missed deadlines can keep you in school forever!
4. Financial planning. This could be a whole post by its self. But basically, don’t spend more than you will be able to pay back, either with future income or loan repayment programs.
5. Maintain balance. Don’t forget to hang out with your friends, workout, and stay linked to your spiritual center (meditation, church, or some peace and quiet).
I hope this is helpful for some grad school hopeful.
I feel a kindred spirit in Professor Gary Greenberg, PhD. His love of art and science have developed into a truly unique hobby photographing some incredibly small and interesting elements of our world. I bet you are trying to figure out what these are pictures of, stones, shells, crystals? Well wouldn’t you be interested to know that these are magnified pictures of sand. I know amazing, Dr Greenberg used his technique of microphotography to magnify common beach sand to 250 times it’s normal size. What an amazingly complex world we live in.
“Beauty is equal parts flesh and imagination: we imbue it with our dreams, saturate it with our longings. …reverence for beauty is just an escape from reality, it is the perceptual adolescent in us refusing to accept a flawed world.”
Survival of the Prettiest
I’ve spent many late nights sitting in the creepy motion censored light of the stacks. Oh the life of a grad student. I love how this photographer made it look so chic, believe me it’s not!!!