Steve drew a dot on the whiteboard at this point and labeled it 'You.' The whiteboard, he explained, was knowldege. And then he drew a little cross marks to indicate the questions that different professors would ask you in order to draw a shape around the 'You' according to the questions you are able to synthesize using your 'oceanographic suitcase' of knowledge and 'toolbox' of analyzing/thinking. He said its such a cool moment in the room when a candidate connects things from different questions, filling in more area of that blob around the dot 'You.'
I loved having this pep talk--it made me really want to commit to reading more literature. There are so many very worthwhile papers out there, so many even in just the last 10 years that I want to read and understand! I can, for instance, read a journal article of something related to analytical techniques, methane budgets, air-sea fluxes. I learn a lot from reading journal articles--mostly from Marine Chemistry, J. Geophysical Research, Science, Nature, American Geophysical Union, for papers I am writing or trace gas homework I am doing that I know it would be so worth it to read some on my own with no particular assignment I have to do associated with it. I don't have much down time, but I can make room for this I hope!
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