The 15 Day Challenge is almost over! Props if you've made it this far (although we've definitely lost some friends along the way, some earlier than others)!
Prompt for Day 14 (my bad for the typo on the .jpg): What did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now?
I don't actually remember what I wanted to be when I grew up, besides Ariel in the Little Mermaid (we're practically twins).
(For the record, I'm pretty sure I was Ariel for at least three Halloweens in a row. Don't let this fake smile fool you, this was the best costume ever.)
I also thought it'd be extremely perfect to be a secretary or teacher, because they got to file and organize and be in charge. Don't judge.
Now, I'm kind of a teacher, just at a higher level than what I wanted (I was in elementary school when I wanted to be a teacher, so it makes sense that I imagined being an elementary school teacher).
I teach at the collegiate level (that sounds incredibly professional but I'm less important than that) as a TA (teaching assistant, otherwise known as why I get paid to go to graduate school).
I get the occasional chance to guest lecture in large introductory courses like Intro to Psychology or Intro to Neuroscience...
But usually (and by that, I mean three times a week), I'm in a smaller classroom teaching statistics. With a coffee in hand (shout-out to my favorite barista Carole who always draws pictures on my coffee because she loves me).
[Awesome sidenote: I guest taught in Kirk's lecture statistics class (made up of five labs, of which I teach one), and when I introduced myself as the TA for the MWF 8am lab, students from my lab cheered. Talk about a confidence boost!]
Since I'm a graduate student, I also get to do research. I'm starting to love research more and more as I get deeper into things. My current research focuses on the frontal lobe's inhibitory processes (or lack thereof, in my case: I study impulsive aggressors). I run electroencephalograms (EEGs), which means I record the scalp's electrical activity with electrodes. This sounds exciting, but it really means I get to stare at computer screens for hours on end reducing my data into quality readings:
I also get the chance to go to academic conferences and present my research, as well as learn about others' research.
And, if we get good results, sometimes we can get publications out of it (so far, I have four...woot!). The bottom right article is my 1st first-author paper (not that I'm psyched about it or anything).
So, although I wanted to be a mermaid when I was growing up, it evolved into teacher which then grew into college lecturer/researcher. Minus the 1/2-fish part, I'd say I'm pretty consistent!
What did you want to be when you grew up? What do you do now?