I find myself in an awkward position. Since the end of summer I have not been studying for a class and I have been chomping at the bit to find a hobby or activity to take its place. My husband and I decided to order a subscription of the Economist magazine and while it certainly has filled the void on intellectual stimulation nothing really beats learning new concepts, learning how it is applied and being tested on it in an academic setting. But I know I cannot go to school forever. I am trying to find an organization to dedicate some of my free time to. I find it amazing how some individuals dedicate time, energy, resources to advance causes close to their hearts. I have some ideas about what I want to do but all I need is that little extra push to go out and volunteer. I know I will find what motivates me and inspires me to give back.
I still plan on eventually pursuing my PhD and I know this is the time I need to explore avenues that will help me decide on what I want to dedicate my research on. I don't want to do something that I will hate one year into it. It wouldn't make sense and I already did it one time. I have some ideas now and am exploring many other alternatives as well. I want to write about issues that mean something to me and will make me a difference in this world.