I have one more paper left to write. I turned in the last class assignment, finished my literature review, and gave my last presentation.
And then I never have to write a paper again as long as we both shall live.
ONE MORE PAPER.
Granted, it’s a 30 page dissertation, the most important paper I’ve ever written in my life, and absolutely terrifying, but hey! Go big or go home, right?
ONE MORE PAPER.
Excuse me while I revel in this fact for a few moments.
And look! Pictures!
This is your brain on Grad School. (Photo courtesy of my flatmate Mo, who found my mushy brain rather humorous.)
This was quite possibly the last time all 13 people in this photo will be in the same place at the same time. I can’t think about it. I have grown to love each one of them so very much. When I look back on my year at Newcastle, these people will always be a huge part of why I loved it so much. I can’t wait to see the great things we all go on to do!
I was back at the farm for more dissertation work, and the weather decided to play dirty. Do you know how fun it is to do disease scoring on leaves when it’s raining cats and dogs and your fingers are so very cold? It’s quite the adventure. (Also, no, these aren’t the leaves I was assessing. These are leaves on a bush, not on a rye plant.)
I picked up a couple of pretty rocks at some of the beaches I’ve visited in the past 9 months, and like to keep them on my windowsill next to my silly pet dinosaurs. They never look quite as pretty dry as they do when I first pluck them out of the surf, so when I needed a break between writing papers and prepping presentations this week, I slathered them with clear nail polish to give them that still-wet look. I may or may not have accidentally gotten a bit high while I did this…
Nothing frustrates me more than falling behind in my journal writing. I do love keeping a journal, and I love reading back and reliving all of those memories.
I officially started my dissertation this week! I’ll be headed out to the farm on a regular basis over the next few weeks to assess weed cover and rate diseases on plant leaves.