New Year’s Resolutions

Since I’ll probably forget to write these down later, I’ve decided to post them here to both remind myself of what I need to accomplish in 2010 and to try to determine which I will actually be able to accomplish. Some of these are slightly out of my control, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t resolutions, right?


Receive an Internship Offer
I’m applying for three different internships for this coming summer, each of which will last two months and all of which are centered on Physics/Astrophysics/Space/etc. The first two are REUs (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at American universities. I’m looking at the Physics/Astrophysics REUs at the University of California-Davis and Notre Dame. Either one would be fine by me, since they would take me out of state and allow me to do some more research than I would be able to otherwise, and the actual available projects are similar. The last one is a NASA internship, which I am really hoping to get. This works a little differently, as I will be placed at one of my center choices (Johnson, Goddard, or JPL) based on where I fit in best, if I’m selected. I don’t have much more information, but there will be an online seminar in a week or so that should clear up some questions.

Get a Job
Yes, I do already have a job (Briggs Calculus LA), but should I not get an internship, I need to find a job, preferably around East Lansing. I know that I’ll be filling out an application at the National Superconduction Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) on MSU’s campus, but past that I have no clue. Of course, this will be dependent on what happens with the internship, so I might be able to just cross this one off the list as “irrelevant.”

Grades
This past semester, my hardest yet, wasn’t exactly my best. I didn’t take one of my classes as seriously as I should, probably because it was optional for my degree. This year, however, I plan on getting a 4.0 in all of my classes. Yes, this will take a lot of work, and yes, this next semester will take the place of “hardest semester yet,” and yes, I will be slightly behind almost out of the gate, but I’m definitely going to try. As for my fall semester, I don’t know exactly what classes I’m taking, but all I really need to decide is my math course(s) (which will probably be Diff-E-Qs and Linear Algebra courses), and I’m golden.

Teach Better
Similar to last semester’s grades, I didn’t really focus too much on how I taught my Calc II students. This upcoming semester, I’ll be teaching Calc II again, so I guess that means I have a chance to redeem myself. While this next class will be easier, it is at 0800, and I usually stay up late, which leads me to my next goal:

Better Sleeping Habits
If me writing this post at 0416 is telling you anything, I am very much a night owl. All of my classes next semester (aside from my recitation) start late in the day, so I don’t necessarily need to get better sleeping habits, but I would like to. Tossing and turning in bed until 0600 isn’t exactly my idea of a good night’s sleep, so I’m going to try to fix that. Exactly how, I have no idea.

Be a Better Friend
Now, I’m not saying that I was a terrible friend for all of 2009, but there were a few bad lapses in judgement. Plus, it’s never wrong to try to be a better person all of the time, right? This is the most abstract of my goals, and it’s one that I don’t even know how I’ll gauge, but I’m going to try.

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