For my final blog post of my Preparing the Future Professoriate class, I decided to focus on something that is constantly on the mind of graduate students: What am I doing with my life after graduation?
I think about this question a lot. At any given moment, I jump from:
I want to do research forever, so maybe a research faculty
- I really, really like doing research. Most of the time I plan on doing a Post doc afterwards
I want to be a leader and manage projects, with lots of flexibility at work and room for creative freedom, so maybe a PI!
- I want to see my family whenever I want, so maybe industry so I can afford plane tickets
- I love the outdoors and gardening, so maybe a gardener
- I want to learn Spanish, so maybe a high school teacher in Barcelona where I can mentor students and learn Spanish along the way
- I would love to focus on my faith alone, so maybe I can get my masters of divinity
- I love to sing and dance, maybe a rock star 🙂
The way I have been working through this question is to focus on my most important long-term goal: to be happy. Interestingly, I am very happy in the position that I am in right now. Aside from never having free time, I am happy with my project and what I do. 9/10 I am very happy with the people I work with. I love asking questions, being curious, and getting into academic debates about peoples logic. I think focusing on today and what makes me happy now, will prepare me for tomorrow. I recommend us follow the infamous Alcoholics Anonymous world-wide tip: one day at a time. That’s all we can do.