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my intro :) [Aug. 25th, 2006|09:06 pm]
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Hi :)
Thanks for starting this up...there really did seem to be a little gap as far as having something for the psych people who are a little further along in their studies.

I'm Brooke, a 28-year-old social psych grad student. I'm starting my 6th year, which was sort of made necessary by the fact that I've been teaching a lot the past couple of years and really need more publications for the job market. I'm about halfway through data collection on my dissertation, and it's pretty depressing. I had one of those topics which my committee decribed as possibly being a great risk with a great reward. There was a good theoretical basis for why some other findings might have linked together, but there could have been other explanations besides mine. Anyway, after this first round of data collection, it looks as if that's the case. Technically, the finding is still important because it allows the area to rule out an explanation, but we all know that's not publication-worthy! :p I still have another study to run that's related, but still could produce different results.

Outside of that, though, my main focus is just finishing it. I really want a job at a teaching-focused college, or with some sort of public policy research. I need to feel like I'm having a direct effect on something or somebody.

So I'm currently working on that, teaching a couple of upper-level classes (already prepped!), working on job applications, and planning a wedding for March. :) It's going to be a busy year!

[User Picture]From: iswari
2006-08-26 04:19 am (UTC)
Ugh, sorry to hear about your data not panning out so far, publication-wise. Wishing you better luck with your second study. Personally, I'm all about just getting done, at this point. ;-D

Oh, and congrats on your engagement! I planned a wedding while applying to grad school, working full-time and doing a 16-hour-a-week training thingie in the evenings! It's doable. =)
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