April 11, 2004
Home Stretch

Just one week until my qualifying exam. I really wish that I had scheduled it for an earlier date. I almost feel that I'm less ready now than I was a week ago. Three grad. students have already passed their exams and I can't help thinking that I could be done, too.
On the other hand, due to a recent breakthrough I'm about 50% of the way finished with one of the main goals I outline in my qualifying exam proposals. Since that proposal is supposed to cover the next 4 years of my life, that's a pretty big deal. My dream is to walk into the exam, start my talk, and after outlining Specific Aim 2, cross it out with a giant red pen.

Anyway, I'll be spectacularly unavailable over the next few days as I hurriedly cram in preparation. Wish me luck.


PS - New style. Hope you like it.

Posted on April 11, 2004 09:16 PM

Good luck! I'm 50% of the way proud of you!

Posted by: jason S on April 11, 2004 10:27 PM

I am 50% certain you will pass with flying colors!

Posted by: didofoot on April 12, 2004 07:55 AM

(I am 50% original and 50% ripping off jason.)

Posted by: didofoot on April 12, 2004 07:56 AM

i love the new look! and what i'm 50% sure is a sunflower substituting for the "o" in "canyons" is sticky like molasses! just like you'll stick your exams for a 10 by the judges. yey gymnastics metaphors!

Posted by: michele on April 12, 2004 08:59 AM

Luck has been wished at you from afar ...


Rock their socks off, science boy!

- Susan

Posted by: Susan In Tacoma on April 12, 2004 11:14 AM

Good luck, Jacob! You'll do well.
And the new look is very nice.

Posted by: kati on April 12, 2004 01:12 PM

Is that a skeleton of a sunflower? Creepy.

Posted by: jason S on April 13, 2004 07:37 AM

It's an illustration of a diatom made by Ernst Haechel in the early 1900s. Hand-drawn science rules.

Posted by: Jacob on April 13, 2004 09:04 AM