A Week #9

uhhhhh.... huh?

School

So some shit happened, which is why I didn't write for like 2-3 weeks. It's been hectic, and I've been a mess.

My advisor is leaving not only the University of Waterloo, but also academia because the company he helped to found got acquired. So that means I'm advisor-less and left to figure out my situation. Staying at the university and finding a new advisor was certainly an option, but every professor I reached out to (or had my advisor reach out to) was unable to take on a student, so that sucked. For that reason I don't think I'll be staying at Waterloo for my PhD. It's really sad. I was so excited to be hear and so ready to dedicate myself to 4-5 years of quantum information, and now I'm tossed to the wayside. This is not only unfortunate because I can't find a new advisor at Waterloo, but because now I have to re-decide what to do with my life. I'm so easily overwhelmed by decision making, especially decisions I deem important. Deciding to come to Waterloo was a big one because I applied to something like 13 schools, and then had to decide between 4 or so. Doing this all over again is not something I'm looking forward to.

For the time being it looks like I'll switch to doing a masters, wrap that up as soon as possible, and move on. What “move on” looks like I still have no idea. I have a few options, one being applying for more PhD programs and the other being going back to Overleaf. Going back to Overleaf is definitely a very good option. People there like me, the work is mostly rewarding, and I get to learn a ton of new stuff all the time. Anyway, I don't need to think about it too much for the time being. I just need to finish my masters for now.

The semester also ended for me last week. Open Quantum Systems ended with the opposite of a bang: no exam, no project, no nothing. That was actually perfect given all the shit above I was dealing with. For Lie theory we had a 5-day take home exam that was actually pretty interesting and I think I learned a lot from. We'll see how I did, but as long as I got a 70+ in the course I'm happy.

Work

Barely been working much recently because finals, but we had a “retreat” this week. It's our second virtual one, which just doesn't hit the same way in person ones do. Like people are still working. WTF is up with that?

Links

Got some good ones this week. – Poetry in the AbstractThe Art of Mathematics in ChalkThe Logarithm of a SumMy current HTML boilerplateHow Wolves Change Rivershttps://text.bargains/