Yesterday, I had to give a presentation that’s a minor milestone in my doctoral program – all the fourth years have to present at a colloquium for the rest of the department. I had kind of a weird moment when I realized how much it wasn’t a big deal to me. I made my presentation the day before, practiced it a few times beforehand, got up, talked, and sat down, and that was pretty much that. It probably shouldn’t have been weird by now, since I’ve had that moment several times over the course of my graduate career, but this was the kind of thing that’s set up to look like a big deal, so I guess I expected to feel different about it.
But I’ve just put together and given that many talks on my research, now. And it amuses me to look back on times when something like this would have seemed like a very big deal, or at other things that have made a similar transition from mountain to molehill over the years.
What are things that used to feel like a lot of work/pressure to you that don’t anymore? What was it like to realize that they weren’t a big deal any longer? Are there any things you struggle with now that you expect to see diminish in significance in the future?
The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka community. Look for it every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 3pm ET.