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Full Circle

Full Circle

It’s hard for me to convey how excited I am to be starting at my new job today. I actually find it a bit amusing because a good number of the wonderful blogs I follow are written by people who are trying to escape from regular jobs—and yet here I am, super psyched to be starting one. I suppose if I had spent the past twelve years since college working at regular jobs, then I might be trying to get away from them too, but the reality is that I’m jumping out of my seat with excitement that somebody wants to hire me and pay me to work at their organization.

There are a bunch of practical reasons why I’m excited about this job:

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budgeting, career, questions, retirement, student loans

Chicken-Counting

Chicken-Counting

As I mentioned last week, I’m starting a new job in a couple weeks. And this means that I have a lot more clarity on certain topics than I did a month ago. I know where I’m going to be working, I know what my salary will be, and I know when and where I’m supposed to show up on my first day.

But there are a lot of details that I don’t know yet, and I’m feeling very impatient about finding them out. If you could put a magical microphone up to my brain and listen in on my thoughts for a few moments, they would sound something like this (imagine me talking reallyreallyfast):

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big questions, career, student loans

Of PhDs and Personal Finance

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So, I’ve graduated. There’s no graduation ceremony in January, which is fine because I’m not too big on graduation ceremonies anyway, but as of a couple of days ago I do officially have a PhD. All I have to do at this point is watch the mail for my diploma. And to mark the occasion, I thought I would tackle a question here on the blog that I’ve been attempting to answer for years:

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awareness, big questions, career, Uncategorized

Deep/Shallow

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Last month J. Money published a post on Budgets Are $exy that made me think a LOT. I wrote a longish comment at the time, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to make it into a full post.

So here we go. I’d be interested to know if you can relate to any of this.

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career, goals, student loans

Towards Unknown Shores

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Happy New Year, everyone!

This post is going to be a bit personal, so I’ll first give a quick update: in December I successfully defended my dissertation, which marks the end of over five years working in the same lab. It also means I’m unemployed. In other words, this particular New Year happens to coincide with a major life transition for me: I’ve finished one chapter and am in the midst of figuring out the next one.

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