I Think I Can

To answer the question some of you may have been asking: yes, I am still alive. It’s the end of the semester here at Cornell, which basically means that the end is nearby but I’ve got too much to do to appreciate it. This does not explain why I’m sitting at my desk typing a blog entry, though. The fact that I can’t convince myself to pull out my TAM homework explains that one. So here’s a brief look at my past month:

  • Work, work, work, work, work.
  • I’ve had a couple of encounters with my advisor-to-be, and those, on the whole, have turned out well. My feeling on this is corroborated by the fact that I got an e-mail from my advisor at Case saying that he ran into my new advisor at a conference last week and he had good things to say about me already. So, not all of my classes may be going the way I’d like, but I am still making a good impression around here.
  • Earlier this month, I worked like mad to code, test, and write a report up on a computational fluid dynamics problem for one of my classes. Today I got the report back with an A+ on it. I didn’t know they still gave those in graduate school, but, boy, does it feel nice, coming, as it does, at a time where I’m seriously worrying about my performance in my other courses. It’s like getting a pat on the back and having someone tell me that, yes, you do still belong here.
  • B came to NY and spent nearly a week with me last week. In our time in Ithaca, I showed her around town some but especially around Cornell. She got to experience walking around in a snowstorm as well as a chimes concert in McGraw Tower. We visited a winery up the road, and I fed her her first ever brownies and her first pizza in thirteen years. All in all, I felt pretty good about my hosting while she was up here in NY. Then I shuffled her into my car and drove 11 hours south so that she could spend Thanksgiving Day with me and my family. Her final conclusion was that Thanksgiving dinner was a lot like Christmas dinner but with better desserts. Unfortunately, we had to sacrifice showing her Black Friday sales for sleep before I drove her to the airport. I really enjoyed having her here.
  • The unfortunate thing about living in a small town 630 miles from one’s family is that the 22 hours of driving necessary for the round trip cut into the amount of time one gets to spend with one’s family. I was really sorry to have to leave when I did on Saturday, and I’m quite looking forward to having a chance to see my parents and sister for longer once exams are over.
  • Aside from work and travel and visitors, the other big reason I’ve not been as visible online in the last month is that I now have a boyfriend with whom I spend a fair amount of my free time. The best way to sum up that state of affairs is with a goofy-looking grin.

3 Responses to “I Think I Can”


  • Well, it sounds like you’ve been productive… I’d been wondering what happened to you, actually. Congratulations on the boyfriend (I think?) 🙂 That’s definitely a good cause of busy-ness. 😉

    Also, Ithaca must be such a lovely place to live in, what with the picturesque hills and scenery and all that history! I’m so jealous. All we have in Manchester are student pubs and the building where Rutherford split the atom (I will get over this fact one day, really). 😛

  • I don’t feel like I’ve been productive, but I suppose that I must have been. And, yes, congratulations are appropriate on the boyfriend. I’m still not quite sure what happened, but it makes me happy.

    Ithaca is, indeed, a lovely place to live. We certainly have a lot in the way of natural beauty, and Cornell’s campus, for the most part, is quite pretty, especially the older portions. I don’t know that we can claim all that much in the way of history–the university is just over 140 years old, and I don’t know too much about specific historic events that happened here. I just know that a lot of cool research and people have come through here, and it makes for a very stimulating environment. I’m sure there’s more in the way of “history” over there in Manchester 😛

    Rutherford definitely qualifies as a cool claim to fame. Ours at Case was that the Michelson-Morley experiment happened on our campus. 😀

  • Morley was a Williams alum!

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