First Steps

// October 5th, 2009 // Blog

Today was Day 1 of my shiny, new Masters course, marking my first step towards a career shift into Bioinformatics, inshā’Allāh. For those currently scratching their heads in confusion: read my earlier confession.

I want to be all clever, and write some amazing account of the myriad of emotions that I've experienced over the past two months, culminating in the pinnacle of nerves that was my afternoon commute into the familiar territory of what was once my undergraduate campus. But frankly, I cannae be bothered. I can barely put a sentence together right now; I don't think mornings agree with me. Most of my day was quite “meh”, tbh. I only had two lectures, one of which was a safety induction. Yawnsville!

There are about 20 of us, maybe less, on the course. 1:1 ratio of guys to gals, with the majority of gals being bionerds, and a smattering of various other disciplines amongst the guys. One of the women was actually more research experienced than me. Not only did she have a PhD in Endocrinology (she worked on growth hormone, whereas I worked on progesterone signalling), she also spent a year as a postdoc afterwards. Isn't that a poke in the eye for the people hating on me for taking this course? Okay, maybe not 'hating'… I've just heard a lot of “Haven't you studied enough, Mehzabeen, har har”. Yeah, hilarious. Hrm…

Though, the absolute highlight of my day was when I asked the computing lecturer if having a Mac would be problematic for the programming aspect of the course. I have spent the last fortnight worrying that I'd have to buy a regular laptop, or figure out how to install Windows/ Linux on my MacBook. The head professor – the one I refer to as the 'bad cop', from my initial interview – gives me a half smile and says: “You have great taste!”. Then a few moments later, speaking over the computing guy, “We all use Macs in the lab”. And then, the cherry on the double chocolate sundae: “You know what? You've already passed!“.

Talk about making an amazing first (or more accurately, second) impression! Alhamdulillah – thank you God! Much happiness. And thanks to Apple too! Let's pray that it only gets better from here on in, inshā’Allāh. :)

4 Responses to “First Steps”

  1. Organica says:

    Sounds fun!

    I think most people assume if one has reached one of the highest levels of education then why bother for more? Obviously there are many reasons to return to education, changing careers is only one of them.

    May Allah be with you!

    Have you adapted to a new morning schedule? What time do your courses start?

    I start work soon and I am terrified of all the hours. Please make duaa for me.

  2. Specs says:

    That sounds awesome!

    And thanks for poking me in the eye. LOL. I was thinking, ANOTHER course… how much is there in the world to learn. :D But you’re our genius kid. Don’t let us down in front of that post-doc woman. Beat her ass… sorry the competitive streak just won’t let go. *grin*

    Good thing people are starting to accept Macs more. Regular stuff sucks. LOL @ you passing already.

  3. Mezba says:

    Congratulations. You will have lots of fun (and also nights of pure anguish) but the end result is well worth it!

  4. Sumera says:

    hope it all goes well :D

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