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Feb. 12th, 2011

I've been a student for seven years and never had to do an actual academic poster presentation. I think most people with a BSc do that sort of thing when they present their dissertation projects, but we never did. And thank God, it's bad enough writing about the ten times your proteins committed suicide and the day when you learned that you had accidentally grown cholera, a bit, without having to say all that out loud in front of people.

I'm trying to figure out if my SSC project, which was a good case series and made a decent oral/powerpoint presentation but was not strictly speaking a research project, could be turned into one. It is not required to be a research project, but those are more straightforward to do poster-type things with. And, if it could be done and if it were judged as good enough, how one might reasonably get to Bournemouth in order to present it.

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It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up, something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.

But happiness floats.
It doesn't need you to hold it down.
It doesn't need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing, and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house and now live over a quarry of noise and dust cannot make you unhappy.
Everything has a life of its own.,
it too could wake up filled with possibilities of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
and love even the floor which needs to be swept,
the soiled linens and scratched records.

Since there is no place large enough to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you into everything you touch. You are not responsible.

You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit for the moon, but continues to hold it, and share it, and in that way, be known.

- Naomi Shihab Nye

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