My insignificant results make me feel insignificant in front of
- the suffocating body of previous, influential findings;
- the presentation sprinting towards me at 432563472325 miles per hour, all the way laughing at me because we are SO UNREADY.
And, SPSS just makes me feel insignificant overall with all its confusing tables and charts.
Until I got into psychology, never had the word “insignificant” become so meaningful in my life.
Making my first research poster is kind of like going off on a quest after hearing one vague prophecy from a elderly (and somewhat senile) wizard. What do you include? Where do you make it? What font size do you use? (I’ve seen anything from 8- to 24-pt font suggested, so at this point, I’m just waiting to see whether my prof says there’s too much text and orders me to lop off half of the poster.)
Thankfully, all questers run into wonderful and unexpected benefactors at some point during their journey… And mines happen to take the form of a handout from Swarthmore College, as well as the Flickr group “Poster sessions”. No, I never expected that I would be looking up for sample posters on Flickr of all places, but, right now, it’s a god-send. Where else do you find 294 research posters to sift through at your own perusal?
On a side note, I chuckled at seeing Wikipedia’s disambiguation link on their page for “Quest” (yes, I look up everything on Wikipedia, even if I don’t need to): “This article discusses significance-laden journeys.” Significance-laden journeys, you say? Hopefully at p < .05 at the very least.
I can’t wait until Monday.
My university is teasing me with little things right now that I can probably only get my hands on until next week.
For one, Blackboard (the web application where all our courses are hosted) interestingly shows an announcement regarding an assignment for a half-year course I’m starting this coming semester:
But when I click on it, I get this lovely message:
That I have this announcement even though this course hasn’t been added to my Blackboard account yet makes the suspense even worse. I know it’s just an assignment (which I will most likely complain about doing, once classes start), but still. I WANT TO KNOWW. Preferably now.
The other tease is that I have a graded report waiting for me to pick it up on campus…and yet, I won’t be on campus until Monday, so I have to sit out five more painful, excruciating days of tearing my hair out while wondering how I did on it.
GAH! T__T Must. Distract. Self!
i suddenly had the craving for a jos louis.
i was taking notes on the “no-crossing branches constraint” for my syntax course, and all of a sudden, i had a faint impression of the taste of a jos louis in my mouth.
(well, actually, not in my mouth. the sensation of taste is experienced in your brain; we just think it’s in our mouth, because it seems logical to us that the sensation would be caused by whatever we just shoved into our oral cavity.
in any case, the fact that i tasted a cream-filled chocolate cake with a hardened milk chocolate shell without actually having such a delectable concoction in my mouth is proof enough that taste is an illusion by the brain.)
especially because i haven’t eaten a jos louis in years. (or maybe not especially so. perhaps time has made me miss it unconsciously.)
back to the wonderful world of mathematically describing the structure of sentences.
Today I discovered that engineering students who find their calling too difficult often switch to psychology.
Does that mean my department is full of students who don’t care to work hard enough to do what they originally wanted to do?
Of course, switching out because you really can’t handle the work is perfectly fine. I understand that engineering may be a lot more complicated than expected. And not all engineering students who switch end up in psych. That was just a generalization one of my classmates told me. But, switching because you don’t want to work is not okay. It is also not okay to think of the psych department as a dump of bird courses (although they would definitely be easier compared to the average engineering course).
I suppose I’m just frustrated because I met a lot of people from my psych courses today who are complete slackers, but still want to get a 4.0 GPA and go to med school. They skip lectures, they don’t read, and they rely on bell curving to save them. The most annoying part of it is that they actually are saved by bell curving (and possibly the luck of having overly lenient TAs). So while I actually earn my grade, they do nothing and still receive good marks.
Honestly. The system needs to change. It’s too easily corrupted.