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I can't wait to feel like I have a better handle on data analysis... Almost every day this summer I've come up against some methods and analysis section in the literature that leaves me just lost. I can Google and scour old notes, but that's a far cry from actually understanding and feeling confident.
My parents divorced my freshman year of college. It was really contentious and ugly, but also was tipping point for me to finally see my dad's negative actions over the span of my lifetime. This kickstarted my journey from victim to survivor. I'm proud at this point because my relationships with my wife, kids, siblings, and mom are healthy and life-giving, so different than what I saw in my dad.
I am good at sports/athletics but don't value that part of my life anymore.
I'm not good at singing but wish I were.
Small rewards for milestones, often in the form of food, bathroom break, water, or walk once I check something off my list.
Really good reconnections with the family. Arrived home about 3pm Saturday, and everyone came out of the house together to see me. Emma (3.5 year old) sprinted down the sidewalk to me. Erik (6 month old) gave me a huge grin (which is a significant advance in expression from two weeks ago). Betsy and I had a friend come over to our house Sunday night after the kids were asleep so we could go out on a date to talk without interruptions. All in tall, a great weekend.
Polar bear plunge during the first snow day at Bucknell in decades. (Ran outside wearing nothing but gym shorts, slid headfirst down a steep hill through 3 feet of snow.) It was so much fun we ran out a second time 5 minutes later.
My son was born.
My son was born.
I hired 5 staff for my team
Tamriel (the world of Elder Scrolls Online)
James Paul Gee - videogames and learning, originator of "affinity spaces"
Children of Men
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Mr. Cromer, 10th grade English. He taught me how to write. We went line by line through Elements of Style by Strunk and White. He constantly recited "Brevity is the soul of wit" from Shakespeare. He inspired me and encouraged me to write more than anyone.
I am looking forward to becoming acclimated to the ebb and flow of "regular" semesters. I am excited but definitely nervous to dive into the fall semester and experience how I handle the class load and assistanceship responsibilities. I anticipate another semester of hard work as I continue to develop my skills as a researcher.
I was wait listed and ultimately rejected from the University of Michigan out of high school. I spent 2 years at community college trying to rebrand my academic reputation and was able to get in as a junior
when it's like 2000 degrees, yes
I firmly believed I would be a chef when before I was in high school. As a result, I picked up some pretty decent cooking skills. Even so, I still make lots of ramen and frozen pizza for dinner
To steal from Bret, I love recording music, but I feel very insecure about my singing ability.
Something I consider when facing a task that does not particularly excite me is that it is probably part of a larger process that is meaningful to me, if it's something that needs to get done. Sure I see it as a step towards goal attainment, but I also think about it as contributing to a process that is developing a skill or aspect of myself that is important to me. *Article critiques*
I escaped to the family beach house on lake Huron. Luckily, they've been very supportive of my workload and compromised time with them. Hard to say how prepared I am today or this week at this point
High school Aric truly believed he could make it as a musician
Ran with club cross country team
Being a michigander
In the last 6 months-Finishing another marathon
Moved in with girlfriend
Running and music
Kevin Miller- undergraduate research mentor
Celeste and Jesse Forever. I'm a fan of Samburg and Rashida Jones
Mr. Popper's Penguins:
This was the first "novel" I remember reading independently as an elementary school student. I found so much humility in Mr. Popper towards Captain Cook and Greta. It was a positive gateway into reading for pleasure
Mr. Burba: An AP Psych teacher who catalyzed my trajectory towards a career in psychology. Everything "clicked" in his class
I'm looking forward to getting a better handle on statistical measures and connecting designs with research questions. This was the part of article critiques that challenged me the most.
Physical obstacle: I never enjoyed running and was not good at it. Over time and though support of friends I have become someone who enjoys running.
Pressure exerted on carbon forms diamonds. I suppose there's a connection here to the way personal challenges and trials can form valuable character traits in people. The main difference is the fact that carbon doesn't have a choice in how it responds to the pressure. People, on the other hand, are largely responsible for the ways they respond to challenges; some responses may be better agents of positive formation than others.
Good at: I'm good at acquiring new languages. I suppose I don't value it currently since I'm not directly using this skill, and I don't readily see the benefits.
Wish good at: I wish I were a better cook. I'd like to be, I can see the value in it, and I appreciate the creative process. I'm just not there yet.
I typically set some intermediate goals and establish rewards for accomplishing them. For example, if I need to clean out the swimming pool, I'll say "Once I get all the leaves out, I'll have a beer." Usually the meeting of these goals encourages me to finish the task. Starting is the hardest part.
Reuniting with my wife, Candi! Also, so good to be home with my kids.
I studied in Costa Rica for a semester and lived with a host family.
Finished 20 years in education.
Favorite relative is my Dad. Super helpful, supportive, affectionate.
Acceptance to MSU EPET
Running outdoors. Best thoughts and conversations happen.
Documentary: Seymour, An Introduction
Kids: Inside Out
The Man Who Was Thursday
Mystery, farce, suspense, supernatural
My dad taught history of mathematics during my MA program. His storytelling about the human element behind mathematical discovery changed the way I think about history and mathematics.