When flying alone, you tend to spend a lot of time waiting, watching others, and reconsidering your life. Wondering at the many destinations, souls, hopes and dreams in one place.
As a future academic, I need to be well-informed. I also need to be able to contribute to intellectual discussions that may very well change the way we see or do things. To do this, I need to be able to communicate effectively and engage in healthy debate. I have a vision for where I want society/my profession to be, and I want to help make sure we get there, in my lifetime. Or if not, at least provide others a map with which to navigate. Like a pioneer or explorer, I must make my way into new territory and report what I’ve found to the rest of the world – which means I need to document everything I do and find.