By Kelly Strzepek

The idea of spending your summer holidays doing anything but holidaying may be unappealing to some, but to a select group of enthusiastic young scholars their break from university is spent back at university. Personally I can’t speak highly enough about the Summer Research Scholarship Program because that is how I ended up on the steps of the Research School of Earth Sciences. I’ve had a desk here for the last 4 years which is why people keep asking me when I hand in my PhD, even though it’s still years off. Either that or it’s because I’m starting to look as old as some of the furniture.

Kelly aged to 72, like the furniture

My officemate and I spoke at a ‘time management’ workshop for new summer scholars yesterday, which went surprisingly well seeing that neither of us could find the time to meet up with the organiser before hand. Taking on research for the first time can be quite daunting and I think the most sage advice came from Aimee when she said, “it’s not about managing your time, but about managing your expectations”. Oh so true, she says with a to-do list for today as long as her arm. Anyway I hope all our summer scholars have a great time and make the most of the opportunities that present themselves as I have….like scuba diving in Catalina, in Puerto Rico, conferences in New York, Hawaii, New Zealand, Amsterdam. Oh and did I mention I’m going to the Antarctic this summer?Some of us like to spend our summers in the freezing cold…