The short answer: I don’t know, I just want to learn.
I’m still trying to figure out what I can bring to the table. As part of that, and being mostly driven by my inquisitive mind, I’m trying to learn all the skills I can.
Growth Mindset: you can learn anything.
Carol Dweck, a famous developmental psychologist, did a series of interesting studies. She gave kids tasks which were a little above their abilities. Some gave up and said it was too hard. But interestingly, a few kids responded well under pressure. Even though it was a challenge, they found it interesting and approached it with curiosity.
She stresses the power of yet and all the potential we hold.
You can check out her talk on the growth mindset.
What am I trying to learn?
I’m just learning things that I think are interesting or will hopefully help me in some way. Here are some of the things I’m trying to figure out:
- Foreign languages
- Personal hobbies
Learning languages has been something that I’ve always enjoyed. Growing up in an immigrant household, my first words were not in English.
Knowing other languages has so many benefits. It opens up opportunities to meet SO many more interesting people. You can travel to the country without worrying about what to do if you get lost or need help. Understanding another language opens up a whole community of people who may not speak your mother tongue. It also taught me to think from different perspectives because as part of learning the language you learn the culture too. AND if I haven’t sold you yet, there are perks for your brain as well!
So, as my teacher once said, “a language is the greatest gift a parent can give you”.
Just like how there are human languages to communicate with other people, coding is a language to communicate with machines. Coding’s been something I’ve been interested in for the longest time. Ever since I was in Year 9 and took that one random IST course in high school, I’ve been wanting to learn more.
I’m learning Python and R (mainly for academia) and still consider myself a beginner.
Both languages have their own quirks and maybe in the future I’ll write about why/how I decided on them.
All work and no play makes me a dull PhD student.
I’ll also write about some other interesting things that I’ve been doing just for myself. I really love crafts and making things with my own hands so, let’s just see where it takes me.
But why am I blogging?
Well, firstly, I just wanted to track how I’m going with all my goals. I hope that by committing to something (even if it’s just on the internet) it will motivate me and keep me accountable to actually do these things.
I’m also keen on meeting others who, like me, could use some help figuring out their strengths. I’d love to hear about other people’s thoughts and experiences.
And maybe (just maybe) my journey might help someone else.