Wine – o !

Ithaca is situated within the Finger Lakes Region.  The Finger Lakes Region has its fair share of wineries.  When I say a fair share, it’s a pretty lot of fair shares.

Despite the workload of us grad students, we still find the time to enjoy the region and take in some wine tours.  This is Chenny and my 2nd wine tour.  I briefly mentioned the first in this post.  Other than some awkward conversations like this one…

Wagner Vineyard Wine Guy- So where are you two from?

Chenny – Connecticut

Me – Massachusetts

Chenny – We both went to the same undergraduate school in Worcester

Me – yeah, and now we live together and go to grad school at Cornell

Wagner Vineyard Wine Guy- Ohhhhh, so you’re together?

Me & Chenny – uh…yeah

…it was a pretty nice chance to get away from the college town for a bit.

I think sometime Chenny and I get pretty tired of explaining to people that it’s not weird to live with a different gendered person…and not be in a relationship.  Maybe we’re the only ones who think this way, who knows.  This was probably our 10+ encounter with this situation.  Personally, my favorite encounter was when one of my project peers found out that we were NOT in fact dating, and her response was “Really? Jen, I just took you for a person who was all about diversity or something!” Oh well…sorry Chenny, I’m an awful wing-woman apparently.

Now that I’m through with that tangent, some pictures.

Wagner Tasting

Seneca Lake...the OTHER big finger lake

Chenny & Rick checking out the guest book map

Fiddle Bands - Great Additions to any Distillery


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.