It’s been a while, this pesky thing called a thesis got in the way. That thesis though has now been submitted. I want to tell you it was monumental, but in reality it was anything but. I actually think sending it to the printers was more emotional, as that’s the moment I had to say “I’m not changing anything else”. I stayed up late the night before I sent it for printing, proof-reading and doing final edits, working out which pages need to be printed in colour, and then re-doing that as it changed when I’d turned the document into a pdf. I finally hit send on Friday 24th just before heading off to demonstrate at 10am. I had this continual rising panic that it was far from good enough. Every time that feeling rose too high in my chest I squashed it back down. I’m assuming this feeling it a normal reaction to handing over a piece of work 3.5years in the making.
While I failed at blogging while writing (it’s inevitably a very introverted experience) I didn’t completely forget about my mission. I’ve collected ideas along the way, topics I realized would make good blog posts, and stored them up in my phone. Over the next few weeks I hope to turn a few of them into things for you to read.
Finally, as the title of this post tells you I’m now officially a post-doc. I’m staying with my boss but changing my research focus to a different bacteria. This is going to give me the chance to finish some work, which I can then hopefully publish, as well as letting me add to my skill set. So I’m now back in the lab, and it feels like I never left 🙂 .
Whether I continue to blog about daily life is a little undecided, but I think the idea of a balanced academic lifestyle is definitely one that still needs highlighting. Whatever I decide the blog won’t be going anywhere just yet so check back soon to see how I’m settling into post-doc life (and preparing for the viva!).