Ramblings of yet another scientist

A New Journey

An open letter to my future self.

Dear Priyatham,

As your PhD program begins in a week, I am writing you a letter that reflects on your journey so far and sets my expectations for future me; you. I understand that this journey you are about to embark on is a grueling experience fraught with uncertainty. I hope that this letter will never fail to fuel your spirit and will serve as a guiding beacon regardless of what life may throw at you.

If all you have is a moment, remember . Remember how you felt when you found out that you were going to be here:

McKeldin Mall
The McKeldin Mall, University of Maryland, College Park. Image credits: Matt Karp.

The Past

I know that you don't like to dwell on your past, but as George Santayana said,

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
So, here are three of your most expensive and influential lessons:

The Future

No amount of contemplating the past will change anything unless you act and effective actions require deliberately set goals. Here's three that I have identified to be crucial for your success:

Though I wrote them as different categories, they are all strongly tied to each other. Improvement in one of these will have significant improvements in the other. Here are some examples:

I hope you will exploit this synergy in more ways than I can think of now and strive towards your all-round development.

Wish you the best,