The weeks keep going by. This next one might go by rather slowly given that I’m going to have a lot of free time. At least a lot of free time by my standards. And definitely way too much by Dr. Lu’s standards. (If you don’t understand the reference, do not worry.)
I went to three seminars last week, which is probably more than I’ve been to the rest of the quarter combined. (Now that I think about it, I’m not sure that I went to any before.) The most recent one, yesterday afternoon, was a question and answer thing by four very well-known mathematicians (or so I’m told). They all recommended a course of study that is close to what I have been doing (talking to other mathematicians and going to talks and seminars when possible, even if I won’t understand very much), so apparently I’m on the right track. I can’t help thinking that I know less and less every day, but it’s only proportional to what I know exists.
Unfortunately, I seem to be increasingly isolated mathematically from my peers. I do my work almost exclusively on my own because I’m usually the only undergraduate in my classes. This probably limits my perspective since I’m on my own. So I understand everything only in my own terms, which is fine, but it may prevent me from properly learning things I glossed over at some point. I guess that’s why these professors recommend talking to others. So I try to spend a fair amount of time in the math department mail room, although I do a lot more listening than talking.
Why did I do all my homework for next week already? That was really stupid. Having nothing I need to do kills my productivity. I might as well just sleep.