I figured out why I’m feeling so uninspired about everything.
I love love love astronomy. It’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. But, with the SKA and MeerKAT being developed in SA, the programme that I’m part of is solely focused on that. Preparing people who can deal with machine learning and big data, and too much cosmology and radio observing.
Which is awesome, but it’s not what I want to do. I want to do astronomy. Old school, optical astronomy. And that’s not what I’m hearing about.
Which leads me to two conclusions - I really need to find a place where I can do masters in something /else/ that’s astronomy-astronomy.
Or, I need to start learning this big data/machine learning stuff on my own so I can find it interesting.
[btw if you’re interested in big data, machine learning, cosmology, or anything to do with signals and processing - South Africa will basically throw money at you to do so]