DAY TWENTY-SEVEN – Action. You talked about ambitions earlier in the month. When it comes to ambitions and aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?
In my previous post, I wrote that my ambition was to become a successful teacher and scholar at a prestigious research university.
What’s the next step? Work hard and continue doing what I’ve been doing.
The “big three” that I need to excel in to get to my ultimate goal include Research, Teaching, and Service. Therefore, I need to:
- Work on getting manuscripts out for publication (and making them good enough to get accepted!). Pump out research that matters and makes a difference.
- Be the best teacher that I can be. Never forget about staying engaging and mentoring students the way my mentors have helped me.
- Continue with service at the University. Serve on committees and help out the Department and UMD in any capacity that I can.
Since I will be going out on the job market toward the end of 2012, it is crucial to get my CV where it needs to be over the next couple of months. I am thankful for winter break because it has recharged me and got me pumped and ready for next semester. I even had a very vivid dissertation-related dream the other morning that prompted me to wake up at 6:35 a.m. and start reading and searching for articles. If I can keep this momentum going, then I will hopefully have no problem taking those next steps to ensure that I am the best candidate possible.
However, there is now another factor that I need to consider. A tough conversation with Michael last night has brought to light that he would rather not be too far from his family. Which means that if I want things to work out with him, my ambition needs to change to: be a successful teacher and scholar at a prestigious research university…somewhere in the Northeast.
It stresses us both out just thinking about it, but I can’t help but worry about what the future holds. Luckily I study two fields (public relations and health communication) that are in higher demand with more jobs, but what if no one is hiring within driving distance of NJ? Would I ultimately have to choose between my relationship and my career?
These are tough questions to think about. But at the moment, since nothing is set in stone, the only thing we can do is wait and hope for the best.