The Day is Upon Us January 18, 2007Posted by thwalls in Synthetic Chemistry.
So you’re a second year. You read that extra journal article, you study that extra hour, you draw that transition state just in case your committee asks why you chose that specific diastereomer. The words of Tetrahedron: Asymmetry begin to blur…at least more than usual…and you have to read that paragraph at least two more times because you read it…you just didn’t READ it.
The papers are finished 13-15 drafts later, and you think you might be ready for the presentation. You added enough animations and structures to make your talk interesting and short…yet held back so that you don’t run over your time limit. Ah, the day is almost upon us.
I have my candidacy/proposal oral exam in three weeks and I’m starting to feel the pinch. Even though I think I’m alright for the exam, there’s always going to be that question you don’t expect…and that’s what keeps me up at night. I spent tonight examining the asymmetric applications of sulfinyl chiral auxillaries and trying to draw the transition states for my proposed molecules.
I can’t wait to start reading some interesting articles for fun rather then just reading as if it was an easter egg hunt, searching for that last egg to bolster my hypothesis. But either way, I think we’ll all be ready, you just have to deal with the drudgery for 3 or so more weeks.
Other than that, I hope everyone is well, and if your a second year…give em’ hell.
Or at least try not to fall on your face and fail out, because that would suck.