I sit in the sessions and am bored out of my mind. I don’t find any research interesting. At. All. I also don’t feel like I fit in with these people. They love what they do (which is great!) and want to talk about it all the time. I just have no interest in it, and I almost feel bad being here because of that.
I did enjoy the education session – or at least the part I was able to attend, as I had to leave half way through to give my science talk in a parallel session. I received some great feedback and suggestions for the outreach project (and a nasty-ish email that basically said I shouldn’t bother – yet another reason why I hate academia, Thanks for your support!).
In addition, I found out during my education talk that the physics/astronomy department won an award for outreach this year. Funny enough, no one told me about it – so when someone asked me about it during the question period, I stood there looking like an idiot. Thanks guys!
Sigh. I’m grumpy.