Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Odd as it may seem, there are some things that grad school has done well to prepare me for surviving my maternity leave.
Here are a few:
- I'm used to being home alone all day because I worked from home often as a student. This is good, because it can certainly get lonely when you don't have as much contact with other adults.
- I have learned to understand what at first seems like a whole new language (cries and babbling from the baby, new ways of thinking in papers from a new field).
- I'm pretty good at having no structure forced on me and somehow managing to get things done.
- I'm also an expert at being interrupted by more important things. Students suddenly needing help, baby crying...practically the same thing, right? :)
- I have learned patience. Lots and lots of patience. In grad school it has been especially needed for that one paper I've tried to publish going on three times now. I think it's obvious how it's useful with a 6 month old.
- Good things can take time (sometimes an awful lot of it), but it's all worth it in the end.
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