To start off my post, I said I'd answer some question and Mel asked me:
1. What is your dream job when you finish grad school?
I want to be a clinical audiologist, primarily working in a hospital or medical setting, but NOT and ENT practice (pre and post surgical testing for an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor, or as they like to say "pumping pure tones for The Man"). I would love to see all age groups, and I also love working with children and their families.
The nice thing about audiology is that it is super varied, and you can see newborns all the way to centenarians every day for a variety of needs. As long as I can do diagnostic hearing and balance evaluation and fit hearing aids, I'll be a happy girl :)
2. Coffee, tea or soda?
Yes to all of the above! I'm a regular coffee drinker in the AM, warm tea on some evenings, and iced tea all summer long. I've been trying to kick my pop habit, but if it has some alcohol added I usually say yes :)
3. What is your go-to music when you are studying? When you need a pick-me-up? When you're happy?
In terms of music I am all over the place. When studying, I usually rock my solo piano pandora station. For pick me ups, I go to my country music, the classic Garth and George Straight. My happy go lucky music is my Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble combo.
In other news:
This weekend, I am also running my first 10k! It's going to be a crazy day, but I'm so excited. Stay tuned for photos and I'll be sure to let everyone know how it goes. I feel so much more prepared than I did for my 5k this time last year. It's amazing how interval training plus light lifting can shave so much time off runs. I overall feel strong and confident my body can do this. My goal is still to finish without walking, but I'm also aiming for finishing in under 1 hour 20 minutes. I think I'd be able to manage around an hour easily, but I'm giving myself some flex time.
Also, finals week has arrived! I have 2 presentations next week, a final on Thursday, and a take home due on the following Monday. A few days of clinic, then home for a few days! While I'm home I'm going venue hunting and dress shopping with the moms (my mom and fiance's mom), so that will be lots of fun. I'll be back at school for graduation and some of those festivities, and then down to spend time with the fiance. I have 3 weeks off from mid-May to early June to study for my comprehensive exams and also to work on my first draft of my thesis proposal for my Doctoral Research Project (DRP). While he's off playing Army, I'll be spending quality time at the library and we'll have evenings and weekends together :)