I’m sorry I’ve been so neglectful lately. Things are just crazy right now. I started my new semester January 3rd and I’ve been trying to catch my breath ever since. The content is not as math-based this time around, so it’s a bit easier for me to grasp however, we have more classes this semester, more assignments and more reading….in less time.
I’m taking 7 graduate level classes in 2.5 months. I often wonder WTF I was thinking trying to condense a two-year program into one year. I am learning a little and enjoying my class time, but at this pace - really, how much can you possibly absorb?
I’m really just trying my best to keep up with the course work - which means I basically don’t leave my house when I get home from school, even on the weekends.
In my “free time”, I’ve been looking for a new place to live. You wouldn’t believe how competitive it is here to find a sub-lease. I swear it’s worse than New York! One girl sent me a twenty question survey before she’d meet with me with questions like: “On a scale of 1-10, how clean are you? (I’m a 9.75)”. I think it may be due to the fact that there are so many colleges around here, so there are alot of visiting academics and international students just coming for a semester or short-term. In any case, I’ve been traipsing around in the snow and cold the last couple of weekends, interviewing for places. I think I may have finally found a place where they’ve “picked” me, so I’ll be trying to coordinate a move in the next three weeks.
It’s all for the best though - I’m living in my step-sister’s place here in Boston in “Krime Korner” as I’ve affectionately named it (hey, if my MBA doesn’t work out, maybe I could pitch this as a reality tv show to fox as a follow-on to Cops?) and things haven’t been ideal. I had doubts about moving into this place before I ever did it - and all my concerns have come to fruition.
So, although it’s going to be a huge pain in the ass, cost me more money that I don’t have, and I have no idea how I’m going to do it without any time or a car - I think this is going to be actually going to be a big improvement. I’ve felt really isolated in Boston based on where I live and now I’ll be moving to a really adorable area of Somerville/Cambridge, lots of good restaurants and pubs and little coffee houses. It’s more bike and family friendly over there, closer to school, and alot of students live over there. Plus, it’s much safer and I’ll ultimately save a tiny bit of money on rent (if I don’t blow it all in the process of moving and having to rent furniture).
In spite of it all, I think I’ll enjoy my experience up here much more when I’m in a neighborhood that feels more like home, where I can walk around at night and feel safe, and actually afford to eat out!
8 more months!