Mission: Grad School

I can say that I’ve officially finished my first week of grad school, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been calling Tallahassee my home for over two weeks now, and I think I’m finally starting to settle in. It’s been pretty easy for me to commute to campus on my bike, I’ve tried stand-up paddleboarding, and I’ve started getting to know the people in my cohort better.

I absolutely love my apartment and my neighborhood! I got so lucky in signing a lease from afar, but it’s really worked in my favor thus far. The moving process wasn’t nearly as difficult and painful as I thought it would be, and we did pretty well getting everything in my place with little pain and frustration. As a hardcore introvert, I’m also a fan of living by myself. I get plenty of time with people during the day, and I can FaceTime my family and friends whenever I want or feel particularly lonely (which really hasn’t happened yet).

Work has also been going great! Orientation was a lot of information all at once, but we had an awesome team-builder day at the Rez to finish out that week. Our office is in the stadium right now instead of our regular building, but it means that I have office space to myself and a window where I can see both the circus tent and the right field foul pole. I really enjoy the people I work with, and they’ve really helped me transition to a new office environment after so many years in the same places. I can ask any questions I need to, which have been plentiful in the last week or so. I’m starting to get all my ducks in a row for registration opening up next week, and I had some great meetings and got plenty of tasks done in the latter half of this week.

My cohort is full of such awesome and amazing people. We come from totally different backgrounds, but we still find the things that we have in common. I really like being in a cohort because it’s easier for us to feel like a family – I think it’s already started. We got to start our bonding by staring at the sun for the whole afternoon of our program orientation, which I think is the appropriate way to start any grad school friendship.

I’ve already been spending a ton of time reading and studying, but I can totally get behind that. Like I said before I came to Florida, it’s more socially acceptable to read on your front porch than it is to play clarinet on your front porch. I don’t have to confine myself to one tiny room to read, though I have found that my office and my dining room table have been the places where I can get the most accomplished.

I’m going to try to be posting every day in September, mainly to start holding myself accountable to this blogging thing again and to make sure I’m documenting my start here at Florida State. Until tomorrow y’all!

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