I’m off. To NYC. I *love* New York. LOVE it. I’m super excited about this trip and also a bit nervous. The nervousness is due to the primary reason I’m heading to NYC. A little back-story…I’ve admired the work of a rockstar social psychologist for almost 10 years. I first heard her speak at a conference when I was a graduate student back in 2001. All these many years later, I can still remember the chills I got, the way the hairs on my arms stood up, the inspiration I felt from hearing her talk. I fantasized about figuring out a way to work with her, maybe taking a leave from my program and studying with her for a semester in NYC, or something like that. But that never came to pass. I finished my graduate program, did a post-doc, then secured my current faculty position. No time to spend in NYC learning from a scholar who wasn’t even in my field or part of my graduate program.
Then this summer, I decided to email her. Why not? What did I have to lose? We set up a phone call and she was fantastic. She was amazingly encouraging and invited me to come visit her and her team in New York to explore my ideas for a grant proposal. YIPEE! And this brings me to my reason for traveling to NYC–to meet with the rockstar social psychologist to talk about her mentoring me on a big mama grant. And therein lies the nervousness. I need to get over my celebrity-like view of her and calm down. I need to trust that I am prepared enough to talk intelligently with her about my ideas. But I do kinda want to pinch myself that I’m meeting with her for two days to talk about my ideas and how I can be mentored by her in the way she conducts life-changing, meaningful, powerful research. Truly grateful for this opportunity.
And then, after what I hope are fruitful discussions and brainstorming sessions with the rockstar social psychologist, I get to PLAY in the city!! So much fun in store. I serendipitously will be in NYC while the fabulous Shutter Sisters are hosting an event, and I get to meet the wonderful Tracey Clark in person. My friend Melissa of The Long Haul Project is coming down from Boston for the weekend to join me, and we have lots of plans including hitting the Brooklyn Flea, visiting the women’s photography exhibit currently at MOMA, taking a class at the Lomography Gallery Store, and eating lots of terrific food. I hope to have tons of photographs to share with you when I get back. For now, I’m casting wishes, like releasing balloons, for a productive and playful adventure.