We’re in the middle of week 8 of Spring Quarter. Which means I have been going in full-on, high-pressure grad school mode for roughly 19 weeks (with just a brief respite in the middle). Everyone warned me that Spring Quarter was going to be rough. But it is one of those things that you can’t fully appreciate until you have experienced it. And now I have…and now I know. I have my sights set on 21 days from now when 1 presentation, 1 short paper, 3 10-page (painfully concise) essays, and 1 take home final will be turned in (for better or for worse). And all this has made me more than a little myopic! It is easy to get caught up in data and theory (both of which do matter!), and lose sight of the fact that everything I’m studying is ultimately about real people…individual people with their own stories of struggle and victory.
Today, this video helped restore a little perspective. (Produced by iEmpathize–the organization I will be interning with)
(A shorter version is available here)