So, it’s five days into the new year, and I haven’t blogged here in ages. Not that I didn’t meant to, but haven’t really had the time. While doing the Conservation Science module last term, I realised many of my drafts from 2012 are on themes brought up in the course, and I was hoping to have the time to publish a few of those post this holiday. But apparently not (Michaelmas term project on coral reef fisheries has been taking up almost all my time).
Still, there is time for a quick post. I’m nearing the end of my three years in Cambridge, and by end of June, I should be a fully-fledged, supposedly-thinking adult. Ready to enter the real, working world. Only I have decided to do a Masters in the UK, and so chances are, I’m gonna be there another year.
Although I am still unsure of what exactly I’ve learnt (academically speaking) during the past few years (a lot about general earth science and palaeontology, and various other bits and bobs that people don’t really need to go to university to learn, as I found out), I know I’ve changed quite a bit, especially in terms of dreams and career aspirations.
Previously, rather idealistically, I was dreaming of being (no surprise) some TV presenter for nature documentaries, cos Attenborough (like deep-down ideas, which I always knew was rather improbable haha). Perhaps a little more realistically, a scientist adventurer, going to cool places and collecting data, maybe climbing cliffs and finding new species, going on expeditions and things. Lots of camping and field work, and being out in nature, and marrying my love for outdoors and field work with science and conservation.
But of late, I think as much as I always wanted that, I realised that perhaps I’m not really meant to? My field identification skills are almost nought (I know one can work on that, but it takes a lot of time that I apparently, no matter what I say/think, am unwilling to fork out to learn. I can ID the 11 species of seagrasses in Singapore though! hahahah.), and it’s not helped my the syllabus in Cambridge which has virtually zero emphasis on that, and I don’t have any strong interest in a particular group of animals (or plants), and I’ve always been interested in all the big picture, inter-disciplinary things anyway.
So I guess, I will probably still be spending a lot of time behind a computer and a desk for my work, as much as I didn’t want it at all a couple of years ago. Though of course, my life lies before me (more or less) and who knows what the future holds? Apart from the certainty of climate change.