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Reminders, a quick note to self

Posted by Arjendu on November 12, 2008

In plowing through a bunch of applications that want so much to have a job exactly like mine I get to see what my job looks like from outside. These wonderfully talented and able physicists who are applying describe the qualities of this job that compel them: the excellent students who for the most part care far more about learning than getting through the course, the charge to take teaching them absolutely seriously and to tinker with technique and approach, the opportunities to do deep and interesting research independent of the ‘rat-race’ that can exist out there, the freedom to be a broad intellectual, the memories of the teachers who turned them on to physics and the desire to pay back into the system.

And I find myself nodding in recognition. Yeah, that’s why I came here, and yeah, I do love my job, even when I feel worn out and tired sometimes. So, hey, a bonus upper from the day.


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