My time as a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan is now at an end. It has been a very interesting year, with unexpected twists and turns, taking me to places where I learned something new each time. I thank everybody at the University of Michigan, KWF program director Charles Eisendrath, the hard-working Birgit Rieck (us Germans know no other way!), and everybody at Wallace house. I also want to send a heartfelt thank you to my classmates in the fellowship (hate the term fellow Fellows – can’t go there) for being such amazing people to learn from. I love you all and look forward to being part of your lives forever.
A gigantic hug of appreciation to Dr. Jeff Kutcher, Courtney, Steve, Bruno, Brandy and everybody at UM NeuroSport and the neuropsych departments. Your generosity of time and spirit let me into a whole new world. You’ve not seen the last of me. 🙂
My professors, Dr. Shirli Kopleman, Landon Little, Sherman Clark, Chris McNamara were all lovely. My friend and great advisor Dr. Andy Markovits is a font of ideas and enthusiasm. You never travel a journey alone, and I thank everybody for their help, kindness, patience and encouragement.
It’s time to move on to the next chapter, and I am excited to see where life will take me.
Seems crazy that we’re into 2013 already, especially since I just heard “1999” by Prince on the radio today 🙂 Remember how that was the jam, for some year that seemed so far away. Now it’s buried in the fog of 14 years passing. Crazy. Or maybe Let’s go Crazy 🙂
I am wishing everybody the best for this coming year. I know 2012 was a struggle for many, for different reasons. I mourned some losses and heartaches, but choose to celebrate the blessings of a year that took me to Paris (three times to Charles De Gaulle alone!), Madrid, Seville, Lisbon, Miami, Sao Paulo, Zurich, seeing my family in Germany, and many points in-between.
I think I have found the secret to making school fun: eliminate the grades! OK, so I am not saying my plan is feasible in the real world, but I have discovered that I love to go to class when there are no grades. Just learning for learning/curiosity’s sake. I’m one month into my 8-month Knight Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
So far, so good.
I’m taking advanced German and a digital production class. Fun to think about new things every day, without the pressure of figuring out what to regurgitate back to the prof. Then again, I am used to being the prof these days…so now I get to see things again from the student side. Which is good.
Wanted to give a little love to a site I’ve done some work for, the University of Michigan’s Center for Reproductive Medicine and Dr. Senait Fisseha. They do amazing work, and I am very honored to help with this fantastic site: Fertility Journey. Go check it out!