This week marked the beginning of my graduate career at RPI. Ten years ago people were preoccupied with Y2K and the turn of the millenium. I was concerned with the next middle school dance and getting my braces off as soon as possible. Now the braces are long gone, I still get excited for dances, although they are much more infrequent, and I'm starting a PhD.
This week was a little intense. I started working onthe project that is going to eventually working on my PhD. I helped write the manuscript for my first paper. I might be getting another pet project. I have a stack of papers to read over the weekend. And I have no idea what I'm doing. Luckily I've been around the lab enough to know that's completely normal.
I still have a lot to do and a lot to learn, and I'm really excited about it. This definitely a different career path than I had in mind when I entered college in the fall of 2006. Then, I wanted to be a high school science teacher and wasn't very enthusiastic about coming to RPI. Now, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else for undergrad. I'm no longer as sure about what I want to do when I'm done but I have another 3 years before I really have to worry about that. Looking back on the last ten years, I have no idea what to expect from the next ten years.