It is amazing how, without focusing heavily on something, everything will eventually come to you and fall into place. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that I haven’t honed in on my thesis topic as much as I should have, but honesty is the best policy.
This past week has been an interesting one as I recently received a promotion and am now a full-time employer rather than having a graduate assitancship. I don’t think I have been able to sit back and congratulate myself as I have been with my department since my sophomore year of undergrad and have worked my way up. It is exciting, and I am proud of myself, but there are also worries. I have always struggled with saying no and creating a work-life balance if that’s even possible to do so. Living on campus, working on campus, and going to school all in the same location can be exhausting. The worries of not being able to handle the responsibilities that I will have (I know I can handle them, but I am usually always doubting myself), not being confident enough, and not making time for myself have led me to my thesis topic. When writing last week’s blog, I jotted down the idea of work-life balance as only an idea, but recently I have seen how important it is for myself and my staff. Work-life balance is a topic that every job touches upon, but I feel it gets swept under the rug as the months go on with the number of tasks that need to be completed. Truthfully, as the months go on during the academic year, I also see how one can drive themselves crazy without a balance, and I am one of those people. What does it mean to have a work-life balance, how does one create one, what factors play a negative role in creating a balance, what is the difference between employer’s and employee’s perception of work-life balance? These are all questions that have come to my mind and may appear in my thesis paper or at least get me started.
I am excited to have found a topic I am interested in, but completing my thesis on this topic will also benefit me personally and professionally as well. It’s a win-win situation as I get to continue learning while conducting my research! Cheers to finding a topic and receiving a promotion!