|Walking through the Van Wickle gates at Brown's Convocation in September of 2011 with my Public Policy classmates. In approximately 2 weeks, I'll be walking through these gates for the second time.|
It's Friday, May 10, 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island.
One final paper to go. Almost 3 semesters down. Warm, sunny humid days, trees in full bloom. Graduation is two weeks, the tickets are purchased for campus dance, Brown's year-end extravaganza, and I'm here again? The same place I was three years ago?
Ah, and indeed it is. Getting a Master's degree has been a bit different from undergrad -- I've missed that free travel and food associated with gymnastics competitions!! Going to school in the middle of Providence, Rhode Island has also shifted the experience considerably -- there is a lot more restaurant hopping!
Four hours worth of gymnastics practice time has been replaced by studying and writing papers. I've tried to add in at least 45 minutes of cardio and occasional TRX classes/workout videos to produce some muscle mass...it's helped me concentrate more during this second year of grad school, that's for sure.
Basically, right now I am for some reason feeling the urgency to add an entry before I complete my final paper -- a toast to two years of grad school and successfully finding a job! I've got at least another year of enjoying Providence and traveling around New England with my boyfriend, with whom I've gotten to travel to many New England sites I've long wanted to visit but never took the time to follow through.
Watch out, world. School is out for summer...possibly forever??
Some pictoral highlights of the year:
|Seeing Plimoth Plantation with mom Kay Smith -- 40 or so years after she visited the East Coast for the first time|
|Getting pastries after a bike ride in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod.|
|With mom Kay Smith at the Cliff Walk in Newport, RI.|
|"Igloofest" in Montreal...a giant outdoor party in the snow in Montreal's old Port...complete with Ice Sculptures and techno dancing. Oh, those French Canadians.....|
|Dave visits WA and we do the Space Needle in January.|
|Chicken and Waffles...my first time at Roscoe's Fried Chicken in Los Angeles, California. Visited for a job interview in February.|