So apparently today I’m “magic” although probably more like Hermione Granger than Harry Potter (being a PhD student you identify with the book smart one). This is what we call it when you have a day where everything goes right – it’s a rare day and should be taken advantage of, as a PhD student you are delving into the unknown so things not working is the norm. There is obviously no actual magic about it and as a scientist I shouldn’t be claiming magic at all should I, but sometimes you can’t explain it – something just works, you (or a colleague) have tried something over and over with no success, but you give it a go again and there it is!
I am utilising this day to the max:
- Get a troublesome PCR to work, done, supervisor (and colleague) very happy. I will write more on my very lovely team soon.
- Have first thesis committee meeting (it went well :)). It was just an introduction but they seemed happy with me and what I’ve learnt so far, I even got a compliment on the statement I’d written on my project. So I’m also very happy and it was a lot less scary then I’d been anticipating.
- Cross everything off my to do list (for this week at least) – I’m doubly happy.
Overall it’s been a very productive week, although at the time of writing the magic has officially gone (mine actually went from midday to midday). I am Hermione no more, but I’m still very glad to have had the magic fleetingly, and hope it will come back to me again some day soon :). It’s a very motivational fella this magic.