1 semester down, 1 to go

After what seemed like a short stint at home, I’m back in Ithaca. Not going to lie, I was really bummed about coming back here.  I had a great holiday spending time at home and traveling all over Massachusetts.  Highlights included Fire & Ice birthday parties, a bridal shower, cookie swap, gingerbread house baking, some networking, and of course–Ugg moccasins and Sperry Topsiders (I have a thing for shoes at Christmas).  Although, after I stepped foot back in the apartment and caught up again with my structural peers I settled right back in to how my life ran as clockwork last semester.

Actual classes don’t start till next Monday.  So why did I arrive a couple weeks early?  Our Masters of Engineering project is due sometime mid-April; and because of the smart students we are, the Structures kids decided to come back early to work 10-hr days solely on our project before being tied down with numerous difficult classes.  It’s been great getting work done.  And it will feel awesome to have a substantial amount worked on before the semester starts; however, going from complete lack of work (known as winter break) to constant 10- hr days with no weekends has seemed to take it’s toll on me already.  Guess it’s just getting me used to my future as a consultant right? 🙂

Well, as an aside, the roommate and I were able to find a bit of time yesterday morning to get away from work. (Chenny has been back early working in the lab for his PhD work constantly as well).  Because our typical brunch place is closed for the long break, we had to substitute in Statler Brunch.  The Statler is Cornell’s renowned 5-star hotel.   Although I can’t afford a room in the hotel, I can manage to somewhat afford their great buffet Sunday brunch at least until the Carriage House reopens.

Dessert at the Statler Hotel's Brunch

Here’s to a next semester full of “learning points” (as our adviser likes to call them), friends, enjoying the last collegiate classes of my life, friends, and enjoying the Finger Lake Region.


Ithaca is Gorges

To intro a bit, I am not just living in limbo between graduating and finding some sort of career (though it may feel like that at sometimes), nor did I choose grad school as “the way out”–I had to choose between an engineering job offer and a graduate education.  I chose the latter…I will regret this as I see my old classmates earning their paychecks while I’m still investing in school, but in the long run I’ll be happy with the decision.  I wrote a past undergrad blog which was picked up by my Alma Mater and pasted on their website here.  But now I’m starting with a clean slate to record the newer stage of my life.

This all brings me to packing up my life in central Massachusetts and moving

6 hours

(5hours if you don’t include all the stops for Subway and Dunkins) to a

2 person apartment in Ithaca to study for

1 year in Structural Science within the Civil Engineering department @ Cornell University.

How I ended up here in Ithaca, I really don’t know.  I guess it was a conglomeration of a lot of things.  I was excited to be accepted by Cornell, and then my excitement rapidly decreased as I was accepted to 4 other grad schools.  Decisions become a very methodical process for me that can take some time and a large pro-con list.  I won’t go into detail on that, but the important thing is that I’m now here and living with Chenny –another WPI alum and future Chemical Engineering PhD…I’m not cool enough to be a PhD student 🙂  That, or the fact that I really can’t wait to get out into the work world and away from academia.

Throughout the next year I will be recording ramblings, situations, life as a blonde engineering student (yes, I have my moments) while keeping myself and any other readers entertained.