Yesterday was our final field day and we ended up catching two, brand new turtles! (I just realized that I used exclamation points for the last four sentences) It was a great way to end the semester.
Some things I've learned this semester:
-Things never go according to plan
-I can be my own worst enemy
-Having a great support team is worth more than being perfect all the time
-There will be days when everything goes wrong; accept it.
-Sometimes, students will surprise you (in both good and bad ways)
I'm definitely going to miss my students, but it'll be nice to have a bit of a break!
On an turtley unrelated note, yesterday, I went to a presentation on using science for social media. It was really interesting to hear how scientists are using Twitter and Facebook (but mainly, Twitter - it was the most active of the social media sites!) to connect with other scientists. The presenter (my co-worker) even told me that she found out on Twitter that one of her papers had been published! I guess it makes sense that science will follow in the footsteps of connecting others, but I never realized the impact that social media could have on connecting the public to science.
That being said, I made myself a "professional" Twitter (don't worry, I'll still tweet useless tweets on my personal account, as well). I plan on using this new Twitter handle to connect with scientists, follow new conservation news, and tweet about turtles. If you're interested in following my new, sciencey Twitter, follow me @RachelMillerST
Do you have separate social media accounts for your personal/professional presence?