Oh, this is great. Thank you, Alyssa.
I lifted consistently for about 3 years before a career change & interstate move drew me away from the iron. I'm inching closer to it again, but feeling apprehensive about my lost strength. This post makes me feel like I can rediscover it.
Hi, today is the last day of my job and I'm feeling feelings about it! I'm leaving to focus on my postbac premed courses, which is Good because school + work left 0 hours for anything else, but school is not full-time. So I'm worried about shifting so quickly into a drastically lower gear, and also about not being the breadwinner in my household for the first time since... ever.
How do you motivate yourself to get things done when you have whole empty days in which to do them??
Oh yes. An acquaintance of mine is a bartender, jock and former piano performance major. 100% piano bro.
I get alerts for my internet doppelgänger's cell phone bill. (It is an Irish company, and I do not live in Ireland). I tried emailing the company's customer service, which got it to stop for a while, but it's back now. Hopefully she is paying her bill despite the lack of email reminders.
I suggest composing a form email that's neutral enough to deploy in all situations, something like "Hi, I think you meant this email for someone else! I am an [occupation] in [metropolitan area]. Please remove my email from your contacts. I hope you're able to get in touch with the [Firstname Lastname] you meant to contact. Best wishes, X"
"We must distinguish between the actual information we have about the universe and what we think it might be telling us. The universe doesn’t care what we think about how it should work. Our task is to figure out how it actually does work, regardless of our biases and preferences."
This quote is a fantastic distillation of the scientific project, across all disciplines-- social, soft, hard, weird, etc!
I am doing a postbac right now, at Columbia! And I happen to know a bit about the other side of the admissions process at Columbia, as well. Many programs feature rolling admissions, but if you're applying to one of the ones that accept a smallish cohort (I think Goucher's is around 30 people), you're better off applying early in the cycle.
As far as the actual work involved, it is... a lot! (full disclosure, it's finals week and I also work full-time, which I do not advise if you can avoid it) But the postbac environment at Columbia isn't cutthroat or competitive at all, people are always offering each other their notes, getting together for study groups, etc.
Happy to talk more or email if you like-- you can reach me at mc4027 at Columbia dot edu!
Peplum is graduating from preschool this month!