Classes are over; I've (mostly) recovered from the trial-by-fire final project from one of them. After a research presentation on Wednesday and moving on Friday (!), I'll be set to roll into summer. 40 hours of research a week, and chilling out the rest of the time? Seems good to me.
Except I won't totally be chilling out. I've got Things to do. Here are my goals for the summer, both work and personal. Some are lofty, some are mundane. All are probably too general, but for now...
1. Work hard and efficiently at research. This is why I'm here. Subgoals: Get the paper from my undergrad project submitted and through revisions (that depends a bit on collaborators and reviewers). Get the paper for my current project finished by the time I go to a conference at the end of the summer (in France!)
2. Get my NY residency squared away and transfer all my mail, etc, up here. I'm no longer a dependent on my parents for tax purposes, so I'm ready to transition away from MD being my primary residence.
3. Get my savings in order. I set aside some money throughout this year, but didn't do anything with it besides stick it in the bank. I have a mutual fund that is wanting for contributions, and I want to open a retirement account. Subgoals: talk to HR since they sent me a letter about retirement plans, and research said plans.
4. Sort some personal stuff out that's currently keeping me from dating anyone, and some other stuff that's screwing up my relationship with my parents. These might be the same stuff; I'm not yet sure.
5. Eat or preserve everything in my CSA share each week.
I plan on posting about 2, 3, & 5, for sure. The CSA starts in 2 weeks; I'm probably most excited for that. 2, 3, & 4 are about me trying to figure out how the heck to be an adult. Should be a fun Summer! :)