For whatever reason I’ve found myself thinking about my time in grad school. It could be that early next year marks the 10th anniversary of the email I got saying that Pretty Southern U wanted to fly me for an interview. Or that a new crop of students and postdocs are coming. Or simply remembering simpler times. Below are some of my favourite memories:
- I remember being so excited about the prospect of flying to PSU for the interview. I got the news right after doing my undergrad seminar, in which I scored a wonderful 95. I remember the prof turning to face me after I finished my talk and pointing to his evaluation that had a shiny, lovely 95. Then adding that he thought I was ready for grad school.
- The very first meal I consumed after moving to PSU in August of 2003. 2 slices of plain pizza and a cup of fruit punch.
- When I bought my car and was scared to death to drive around town. I remember the new car smell, and the very first CD I purchased. Michael Bublé. Little did I know that I would move to his native Canada six years later.
- Every apartment I lived in. I remember them fondly. The smell of the elevator on apt #1. The smell of the balcony closet on #2. The ugly cabinets of #3, which was also the first apartment honey and I ever lived together 😀 The tons of closet space of apt #4.
- The time I went to see Michael Bublé in concert. And I had no bra (I hope he liked my boobs, hahahaha).
- The first time honey visited grad school city.
- And how he became a father to our kitty daughter.
- Adopting kitty.
- Voting twice in grad school city.
- Dining with a bunch of Nobel Laureates in a very casual setting.
- Failing the qual.
- Passing the qual.
- Honey nurturing and encouraging me through it all.
- The time I landed in the ER because I was so sick with a nasty flu.
- The time I sang at a totally new church.
- The friends I made, and our cramming times during the first year.
- Being scared to death at the prospect of my first (and then my last) departmental presentations.
So many good memories, people, and times.
What are your favourite memories from grad school?