Just kidding. Obviously that bill hasn’t kicked in yet. But nevertheless, the government funds the National Institutes of Health, who gave my professor a grant, who decided to kick a portion of it over to…
The other day my advisor asked if I would be interested in being his research assistant. Maybe I should’ve waited till I signed something to announce it, but I’m assuming he won’t renege. It’s about 30 hours of week, which I am more than a little nervous about. I’m in the middle of data collection for my own research and taking a full load (which includes my thesis, so really I’m only taking two classes).
This past year I’ve taken life a little easier than I normally do. In college I was probably working on school 30-40 hours a week, plus volunteering with Young Life, a Christian mentoring program for high school students for another 20 hours, not to mention babysitting and volunteering with our church Haiti twinning project. Compared to last year when I took 9-12 credits a semester (and I’m going to be honest with you, grad school is way easier than undergrad) and that was about it.
Maybe after two years of busting my butt for little pay in JVC made me lazy. But I think more than that I was just trying to keep up with my health. It was like living in one long sick day. And I think it helped. Sure it left me feeling bored and guilty a lot but that’s better than being doubled over in pain.
It’ll be interesting going back to a full throttle schedule. I’ve still got to remember to take it easy, rest, be kind to my poor little bladder. Probably buy one of those donut butt cushions for my office (I think I get a little dorm room converted into an office, we’ll see). It’ll be an interesting experiment to see if I’m really able to work full time. I’ll probably be quitting my job at the shelter, which will be sad since I’ve been working for them for two years now.
Hey and guess what. This job pays. Real money. More than I’ve ever made in my entire life. Not many people consider living on a RA stipend luxury but we’ll sure appreciate it!