I arrived in New Haven, CT on Friday at about 4:00pm. To get here took:
- 5000km of driving
- 2 years of waiting and applying and waiting some more
- thousands of dollars in application fees and moving costs
- hours of stress and anxiety and joy and elation and more stress
Such are the costs of applying to and attending graduate school. And now – the pay-off begins. I am so excited to start exploring my new home, meeting “the cohort”, attending courses at a darn-fine institution, and preparing for my eventual return to the field as an actual doctoral student (read: working on my very own project!).
Thus far I have not accomplished a huge amount, mostly because my time has been filled with unpacking, furnishing my “apartment”, and wandering around in a post road-trip haze. I have spent a bit of time with a new colleague whose interests are very similar to my own (though in an entirely different part of the world). I was fortunate enough to catch her as I entered my new housing complex and after some chatter, I managed to recruit her to the “moving my stuff upstairs” odyssey. We had a beer that evening to celebrate and capped off a busy weekend with a trip to Ikea, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, and Whole Foods in the morning. Fun fact – it IS possible to fit an entire life into a 2001 Volvo S40… you just have to remember to leave room for all of the people who came in the vehicle!
Here are a few remaining pics from my road trip and a few of my new abode: