A Not-So Brief List

radiosilence95's picture

-I've strayed from my passion for psychology. It still fascinates me, but I can't really see myself having a career in it, unless it was research-oriented. I was set on a creative writing/psychology double major, but my plans have changed.

-I'm still going to pursue creative writing, of course, but as a minor instead. I want a career in astronomy. That's what I've decided. I want to do research, poke at the fabric of the universe and see what I can find. Thing is, this school doesn't offer astronomy as a major, so I'm thinking I can either major in physics or do a self-designed astronomy major, which will integrate physics, math, and a bit of computer science. I need to discuss a self-designed major with my adviser though.

-I spent this past weekend at my girlfriend Mickala's house. It was lovely. And, needless to say, I am no longer a virgin. We're a lot closer, I'm not nearly as anxious around her as I was the first time we met in person, and I think this is something worth pursuing. We've been together three months now.

-My academics are going smoothly. Thing is I feel like this term is a bit of a waste in regards to my new career path. I don't need Social Movements, I signed up for that class because at that time I was still focused on social psychology as a career, and it's too late to switch out. Ah, well. Next term I'll be taking astronomy and physics, so it'll give me a good taste of what I'm getting myself into.

-Not sure if I mentioned this, and I'm too lazy to look at my previous journal to find out, but my mom is engaged.

-Sometimes I feel empty. But, overall, I'm content, and that's more than a lot of people can say.


jeff's picture


Psychology to Astronomy seems like a pretty major shift, but it's not rocket science, you should be fine. I do have a relative who's worked at NASA for years/decades, if you want to e-mail him as far as "What do I need to do now to get there later" thing, let me know.

Congrats on losing the V card. Jeez, three months, you're a tough nut to crack... ;-)

"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

radiosilence95's picture

It is a pretty big shift,

It is a pretty big shift, but I think I can manage. I'll have next term to get a feel for what it's really like, as I'm sure there's a huge difference between reading up on astronomy intensively and actually taking a college course in it. Yeah, that'd be great to talk to someone with experience in the field. Thank you.

To be honest, it probably would've been a bit sooner if it was a long-distance relationship. Haha.

jeff's picture

Good omen?

Andrew Sullivan posted this today:


"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

elph's picture

I'm impressed!

What an interesting combination: Creative Writing + Astronomy!

If you feel that science (possibly: writing about science… or teaching) might be your forte… Go for it!

Rather than Astronomy… you might focus a bit more narrowly on Cosmology (discovering the laws affecting the structure and evolution of the Universe). If you have any problem in finding stimulating input, let me know!

I know that your current school is outstanding for the Creative Writing component… but not informed on its quality in undergraduate physics/astronomy. But that can easily wait until you commence a graduate program!

Anyway… I wish you much success in achieving your academic dreams!

radiosilence95's picture

I'm not super familiar with

I'm not super familiar with all of the fields that fall under the umbrella of astronomy. I know of cosmology, planetary science, and astrophysics, but for me, it's hard to differentiate between all of these fields.

My school doesn't offer astronomy as a major, but it does offer physics. What I don't know is if I can major in physics as an undergrad and then swap to astronomy for grad school. Or I could do a self-designed astronomy major, but I'm not one hundred percent positive about what courses I would need, aside from the physics.

elph's picture

Feel your way...

Cosmology is just one specialization under the rubric of physics. Just take those courses in physics and math that your schedule allows and as you become more familiar a decision can be made once you consider a graduate program.

If you decide that science is what you truly love, any course work that you may have missed can be readily made up while a graduate student.

One suggestion is to stay abreast of the many online science blogs... and see if the topics appeal to you...

elph's picture

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the New ‘Cosmos’

You'll find further inspiration here... hopefully!