Well, it’s mid-June (ish) and I’ve typed up my last VCEEE for 487. It’s only after I have typed them up and read the comments that I look back at them not so much as assignments, but as compartmentalizations of my takeaways from the readings. I suppose that’s one step in the teacher direction of the student/teacher identity.
Ceb and I have started to hash out the nuances of our project. I now present the things I’ve learned thus far… In list form!
-Hardware stores and pet stores are gold mines when it comes to materials for experiments.
-Coming up with your own procedure is a huge learning experience. I did not expect to use stoichometry for a project based on bacteria, but it happened and shows that skills are transferrable between the major disciplines.
-Putting something into pictures before putting it into writing is a big help. It is much easier because one can gradually add a greater level of detail by using the pictures as a jumping off point. That leap would have been difficult if we started by writing it out.
So far, I think I’m doing and feeling fine. One thing that keeps happening is that I am terrible with keeping in touch with people who are not in Rochester. Technology has made it easier than ever to do so and I still forget/put it off. Sometimes it’s work, sometimes it’s fatigue, sometimes it’s just that I don’t know what to say. Whatever it is, I still have to put in that time for those people who matter. Sigh, I guess that’s a part about being a pseudo-real person: your friends are not going to be geographically convenient, so you make time for them. Man these little lessons seem poignant when I write them down.
Well, on that note… The webcomic link of the week has to do with how I feel above. It’s also not an uplifter, but I guess that’s where I am right now. But that’s okay. You need bitter in order to taste sweet, right?
See ya next week or sooner!