Why I Do What I Do: Atmospheric Chemistry

So I had an entirely different plan for a blog post this week. But after everything that has happened with the US elections, I really can’t offer much useful advice right now on stuff related to academia. So, sorry for that. I feel bad, especially after missing last week…If it’s any consolation, I will say that I have quite a few drafts right now on topics ranging from burn out to lit reviews to how to take tests, so look forward to that? Also, if you have anything you want me to talk about, let me know and I’ll do my best!

Anyway, one of the many things that this election means is the possibility of cuts on science funding—especially to the important agencies that support, fund and research topics in climate science. If you’ve happened to ventured onto my research tab or professional website, you’d find that my graduate research is in the field of atmospheric chemistry which happens to indirectly deal with the current and future effects of climate change. So, among all the other ways that this election has/will affect me (as a minority woman born from a family of immigrants), it’s just the cherry on top to find out that our president-to-be is already working on “restructuring” climate policies (read: getting rid of them completely… *sigh* Can we…just have a moment of silence…).

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Grad School Goals!

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So this year, I decided it was time to make a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish throughout my time at grad school. I figured it was easier to separate them into individual quarters at this point. So, in case you were interested, here are my goals for Fall Quarter!

1. Join a Lab

I mean, that’s the point of going to being a chemistry grad student right? Though this is a bit more than just joining a lab. I want to join a lab that I can call family for the next 5.5 years of my life. It’s a big decision, but my goal is to find a lab that does research I love with people that are amazing. 🙂

2. Be more Social

So I have a problem of shying away from people and sticking to those I’m comfortable with. However, since this is a new university, I don’t have anyone I’m comfortable with. Therefore, I need to open up and be more social so I can actually make friends and have a bit of a life outside of school. O:

3. Be more Confident

I really need to work on this one. I once had a professor I really respect say that he expects me to do great things once I gain the confidence I need to launch myself at whatever task I have. I want to live up to his expectation.

4. Stop Doubting Myself

This kind of goes hand in hand with gaining more confidence…

5. Join a Dance Class

I like dancing but I always find an excuse to not go to classes. I’m too busy. I’m too tired. Well no more! Sometime this quarter I shall join a dance class and attend regularly!

6. Read More

This means both reading for fun and reading scientific journals. Both are going to be beneficial as I move forward with my career. O:

7. Save Money

Now I’m not a big spender in general, but I do make a lot of unnecessary small purchases such as that starbucks coffee I could have made myself, or that lunch that I could have made at home. So this quarter I hope I can change my spending habits for the better!

So there are my goals for the semester/quarter! What goals do you have?

❤ K

My Favorite Books

Well, since this blog is still pretty new, I wanted you guys to get to know me a bit more. I already updated my about me page, so you can head there for the basics. However, recently I feel that the easiest way to peek into someone’s mind is to see what their favorite books are.

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So voila! In no particular order, the books that I hold dearest to my heart are:

  1. Solanin by Inio Asano
  2. The Manifesto on how to be Interesting by Holly Bourne
  3. Boy Proof by Cecil Catstellucci
  4. The Martian by Andy Weir
  5. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  6. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  7. The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. The Compound by Stuve-Bodeen

I’m still looking for one more book to so this list can officially be a top 10. Any suggestions?

Have a good day!

❤ K