I promised I would answer every question you guys asked — and I meant it. So here are my replies to the more personal questions that have nothing to do with travel.
harvson3: How’s the neuroscience job search coming?
I’ve been lazy. I took six months off after I turned in my thesis in September and only recently started looking. Regulatory affairs sounds interesting, looking at new drugs or medical devices and trying to anticipate and respond to alternative uses. It’s kind of like travel hacking for biomedical science. But so far I’ve learned that no one wants a Ph.D. without business experience, not even as an intern. Perhaps it’s not quite that dire, but it’s also the first time I’ve ever really had to look for a job.
I’m learning to network and am improving my resume. I have a few impressive accomplishments besides the blog, so I remain optimistic. It was interesting to hear one person say that I shouldn’t even mention the blog on my resume, but I figure it’s better to have it and show I’ve done something unique and productive rather than sit around unemployed for half a year. Others have told me a completely opposite story, that I should keep blogging as a career.
At some point, you just do what you feel is right. Others’ advice is just suggestion. I’m not worried yet.
SC Parent: Here’s a question that will earn you the most valuable points out there: What about your fiancée most sweeps you off your feet?
Megan is incredibly understanding and patient with my hobby (and other quirks). No one in my own or her family really likes to travel, and they’re all skeptical of using credit cards. Seriously: I had to convince my sister to stop using her debit card to buy groceries. The idea of buying a gift card at an office supply store to earn 5X points — never mind whether I bother to load it onto another prepaid card — makes her uncomfortable. But she puts up with it.
She has to wake up at 6 AM to go to work, and yet she’ll still make me breakfast if I was up late before on the blog and decide to “sleep in” until 7. She’ll drive me to and from the airport on my mileage runs. She’ll even tolerate when I book our flights with an extra stop so I can visit a new airport. Well, sometimes…
I try to make it up to her. I usually clean the apartment and buy her flowers before any trip longer than a day. But she deserves it for making me dinner when I get home and tell her about the places I visited without her. Hopefully the points and status make up for it when we get to travel together. 😀
Next time I expect something more challenging. I mean, really, you could have asked something completely unrelated like why some atoms release more energy through nuclear fusion and others release more energy through nuclear fission. The answer is really cool!