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ctrl+s

While in hour 4 of Skype meetings this morning, I managed to look down at my keyboard and see this.

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Looks like a normal keyboard, right? 

Now, take a closer look.

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That’s right, my S decal is almost completely gone…. hence the title of this post, ctrl+s.  As a grad student in the social sciences I am frequently writing papers, posting on discussion boards, having Skype text conversations, etc.  And with that comes multiple, multiple strokes of the good ol’ ctrl+s.  If you’re not saving your work, your dumb.  If you’re not backing up your work, you’re dumb.

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Why yes, that is two external hard drives.  And yes, both of them get used for my backups every week.  Additionally, I have two flash drives and two DropBox accounts.

Some may call this paranoia, I call it INTELLIGENCE.  

Here’s your funny of the day 🙂

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Related Links – Check them out! 

http://oncirculation.com/2013/04/26/phd-golden-rule-1-backup-your-work/

http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=382

 

What’s your style?

Learning style – the PhD topic of the day. 

I am now in 19th grade, scary to think about.  I completed high school, obtained my bachelor’s degree, my master’s degree and I am currently pursuing my PhD.  I think this categorizes me as a life long educational learner.

The one thing I am always working on is how to study/learn.  You’d think I’d have this down pat in 19th grade… but I don’t.

I know that I am a hands-on learner and a visual learner.  I am best at studying when I can write, rewrite, and write something again.  Things don’t stick the first time around.  I need time to think, apply, think more, and write it down!!

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The hardest part about being this kind of learner is that life is changing.  Technology is taking over the world.  I have textbooks on my Kindle, all my class powerpoints are posted online, and I try to use electronic note taking programs, like Evernote.

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Yet, there’s just something about writing things down – it’s just how I learn.  So, yes, I am that person in class, with an adorable, giant, colorful 4 subject notebook frantically scribbling down every word my professor says.  But, that’s okay.  I think it’ll be a slow process before I am able to move to technology for all my notes.  I did change from a planner to an online planner! That’s a big step! 🙂

While training for my last half marathon, this is how I had to study.  Did I mention I had a knee injury? That sucked.  Additionally, it’s pretty hard to train for a half, keep the house together, take 3 doctoral classes, and have 4 part time jobs (yes, you read that right, and that’s a story for a different day).

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I don’t study well this way.  Some people are able to stay up late at night, reading in bed.  Nope, not me. I fall RIGHT asleep.  But I usually bring a textbook in, for wishful thinking.  I really think I need to start sleeping with a book under my pillow. Especially this statistics book, woof.

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This picture usually represents how I study…. with a dog in my lap, while working on statistics, and in a Skype study group.  This is my life.

These girls are typically really good when I am doing work, but as soon as I get talking to someone on the phone or get into a Skype conversation, of course they want attention. Of course.

Can we play mom, please?
Can we play mom, please?

My learning style has definitely developed over time and for that I am grateful.  Maybe the older I get the wiser I really do get? (I’ll have to keep thinking about this one).  I’m very grateful to be able to complete my PhD full time but in semesters like these (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Leadership Theories) I wish I would have only enrolled in one course.  If anything, it’s a challenge for my organizational skills, my learning style, and most importantly, my drinking skills.

What’s your learning style?

 

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Here’s a little funny for you – BuzzFeed is a grad student’s best friend.  What an amazing distraction.

 

 

Scary night last night!!!!

I have a few minutes to post before I have to head off to class, but I wanted to share some scary news!

Last night about 2am I heard Tinsley whining and crying a little bit in her cage.  ((She sleeps in her cage in the kitchen every night and seems to love it)) There was NO reason for her to need ‘attention’ as she went bathroom before bed and spent all day at her Grandma D’s running around! 

So, I brushed it off…but she kept going! Mike got up and checked on her ((her tail was wagging, of course)) and took the blanket off thinking she was just hot.

The whining continued. What the heck.

Mike went back and checked on her and apparently her collar got magically stuck on the side of her cage! She was smashed towards the side of the cage and was whining because she couldn’t get free!!! Poor little thing! I felt awful!!!

Yet, her tail didn’t stop wagging and the kisses were endless. Love that little nugget.

We unclipped her collar and let her roam around the house instead of being locked in. Woke up this morning and she was happily sitting back in her cage, tail a wagging.

Moral of the story: Not every bark, whine, whimper, cry means attention, bathroom, food, water.

On another note, I found a sweet office for grad students that I am going to be taking full advantage of. BONUS! Brand new building, brand new space for research.

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Had a great mid-day workout today which included: 5 min bike warm up, 30 min elliptical, full body lifting circuit, 20 min walk/run. Felt great afterward, need to keep it up! 🙂

Off to class…. peace and pineapples