Do Cool Things That Matter

Be authentic.  Do cool things that matter.  Be happy.

These are the three criteria to finding a career you love, according to Rob Glander.  As I get further and further into the black hole that is a chemistry PhD, I keep asking myself if this is what I want.  I’m pretty good at evaluating my actions and motives, and that’s helped direct me.  I chose graduate school because I don’t know what I want to do yet, and it makes sense to get paid to learn, because I love learning and I’m good at it when I apply myself.  But graduate school is more than learning, it’s work, and that’s a new thing for me.  Is this what I want?

From this event at Wofford called the Sophomore Experience, I took this online Strengths Quest and found that two of my top five strengths are belief and connectedness.  This is not surprising, and it means that I believe that everything is connected and things happen for a reason, not random chance.  I also feel a responsibility to do something significant with my life, and to leave some sort of mark in history (not for my own glory, but because I feel the responsibility to do so).

I haven’t decided how doing cool things that matter lines up with being a scientist, or if that’s what I even want.  So I pray and think and evaluate how I feel about chemistry and graduate school and if I could be happy doing something else.  And I think about art and Rice Bowls and living out of the country.  I’m in graduate school right now, but I want to do cool things that matter.  How do I make this happen?

The answer is that I don’t.  I just pray.  For graduate school and the future and for Grammy Hazzard who is having heart surgery today.

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