For those of you in academia who are familiar with the motivational lulls of graduate student life- those times when endless literature searches on one's couch lead to less than fantastic work (yes, I admit it)-you are also aware of how important something inspirational- a conference, paper, conversation, or mentor is. For me, the annual ISPP (International Society for Political Psychology) Conference is usually that thing that moves me forward, along with an occasional conversation with a colleague or my adviser.
Here in Israel, I am lucky enough to have those mentors and advisers daily. If you've never experienced this, I hope you meet a group like those here. Each time I have a conversation or meeting, I leave both confused and energized. To have a group of people willing to support, educate, push and share with you is an exceptional way to life an academic life. This model, one that Daniel Bar-Tal champions and that is not used by many of his students, including Eran at IDC, is truly a gift and something I hope more Professors embrace.
From here on out I have two main goals: to pick just a few of the many projects in my head to pursue and to bring this model to my own students if I ever have the chance to become a professor in my own right.