So, I graduated about two weeks ago. It’s a bittersweet thing: graduating and having nothing to fall back on, but in the meantime, I’ve moved out of state, started studying for the GRE (which I’ll be taking in late July), and trying to find a job before August so I can make some money and have something to fall back on before I leave.
Why before August? Because I’ll be working with lemurs for a few months as a Research Assistant at a lemur reserve! On the side, I’ll hopefully be collecting some data for an original research project, but that’s up in the air. I’ll be there for three months for sure, but if I can get a job, this may become five months (with luck!) I’m looking very much so forward to this and I’ll hopefully be able to update everyone as things progress.
My goal is to keep updating this blog every two weeks up until I leave to work with the lemurs. After that point, I’ll do my best to update with other things, but this will largely be determined by how much access I get to internet, how busy I’ll be, and other things. I’ll more likely be collecting data whenever I can, if only so I can maybe–hopefully!–eke out a publication for submission before I get into the swing of applying to grad schools.
I’m starting to get an idea for the schools I’d like to apply to and some of the more specialized aspects thereof; I’m beginning to lean towards ethnoprimatology. Ideally, I’d like to study Formosan rock macaques in Taiwan or Japanese macaques in Japan with primate-human interactions, but truthfully–I’m open to studying any sort of project so long as I get to work with primates. And who knows? Maybe after this, I’ll be more likely to study lemurs.
I’m keeping my mind open, staying hopeful, keeping my nose to the grindstone for the GRE, and preparing to play with lemurs.