Busy bee

There are so many things happening, that I seriously don’t know where to start.

Remember that I applied for a teaching position? I got invited for an interview!! So I’m reading up like crazy on the curriculum I’d have to teach, on the panel members, on teaching methods. Anything that might help basically. I’m really excited about it, just how incredible would it be if I could be one of Oxford’s tutors?!

Also, I’m going to give two lectures in a taught masters programme. Apparently nobody has been able to do a intro to molecular biology that was entirely satisfying in the 6 years that the course exists. I’ll get the presentation used last year plus the students feedback and am allowed to do whatever I want. My brain cells can’t decide whether they want to focus on the interview first, as they would really like to start designing this lecture… Being told nobody has been able to find the right balance for this lecture makes me determined to show that it IS possible.  The other one is on bioinformatics, which is also gonna be really fun to do. Have to think about that one too; find some nice examples to have them work with.

Crazy stuff. Going from non-paid assistant at my previous university, to lecturing and maybe (and I would pray to god now, if I would believe in her…) tutoring!

As if that isn’t enough, my boss has decided he needs a publication soon to support some grant application. And has proposed a project in which I can combine some of my data with data from one of my colleagues. It sounds really promising, with our data combined we already have quite a bit of information and might indeed publish something relatively soon. How incredible is that?! Like half a year after starting here already thinking about publishing stuff? It took me 3 years in my PhD project before publishing anything…

It still bothers me that the cost of all this has been my relationship, as I cannot make up my mind as to whether that was the right thing or just incredibly stupid. But when I see how excited and happy I am about all this, it might turn out to be worth the price paid however sad 😦

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