Wow, can you believe it’s been a year+ already? Time flies when you’re having fun.
That’s right, it was more than a year ago that I started posting weekly updates about my life in the fast lane. But things have slowed down recently as I prepare to depart Boston, and I expect things to go from 0 to 900 in about 4 seconds once I arrive in Berkeley. For these reasons, I’m going to stop posting regularly on here for now. I’m sure that this will come as a shock to a lot of people (OK fine, just one person… sorry, Gaga!), but I’ll take some questions to clear up any confusion.
- How’s work going these days? Great! 15 days left, and there’s no shortage of things for me to be finishing up. My main project now involves writing up a draft of a paper that covers the genome-wide association studies I’ve been working on during 2010, but there are some other, smaller projects that I’m wrapping up as well. And a paper that I coauthored based on last summer’s work was recently accepted with revisions and resubmitted, so that’s cool.
- Are you glad you took a year off between undergrad and grad school? Absolutely. I’ve matured so much in the past year, both emotionally and intellectually. I had the time to step back from the microcosms of individual statistics classes and appreciate the big picture, which has energized me for my upcoming studies and research. I’m almost positive that working for a year made a stronger grad school applicant, and I think that the things I’ve learned this year (technical skills as well as stuff like how statisticians fit into a team effort and what working as a number cruncher in industry is like) will come in handy as well. Plus, the money that I earned will definitely come in handy when the glamour of being a poor grad student wears off.
- Did you read any good books this year? I did, actually. Books that I flagged as “GREAT!” over the past year include The Alchemist, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, Born to Run, Good Calories Bad Calories, Youth in Revolt, The Lady Tasting Tea, Cat’s Cradle, Ender’s Game, and Pride and Prejudice. Honorable mentions include the Harry Potters, some Edward Tufte books, Getting Things Done, and Angela’s Ashes.
- What are you doing for the next month or so? For the next three weeks, mostly wrapping things up at work. Then the fun starts! My first Red Sox game in ~20 years on July 17th, followed by the arrival of Ackermen Daddy and Nate on the 18th. The three of us will be spending about a week hiking and exploring up in New Hampshire, and it’s going to be a blast. When I return, I’ll have a few days to sell what I can, then pack up the rest and ship it across the country. And on July 31, at 7 AM, I depart the East Coast in style: a one-way ticket to San Francisco, California.
- You’re going to be so far away! How will I get Hoxie updates? I think I’m going to be moving towards the “quarterly email” model of information dissemination, so if you’re interested in occasional updates, leave a comment on this post with your email address or email me and I’ll be happy to include you.
- Will there be new blog posts here in the future? Considering how much I enjoy dominating the Google results for “hoxie ackerman”, I certainly won’t be taking this website down. I might even make posts occasionally, if important things happen in my life. And in the mean time, I’m thinking of uploading cell phone pics documenting my Berkeley adventures. Could be fun; would certainly be less time-consuming than text.
- Will you miss me? Dearly. But we’ll talk soon. And in the mean time, enjoy your summer and thanks for reading!