First semester done, five more to go! It’s official, I survived my first semester of PhD Land.

So, what are my general thoughts about life as a PhD student and life in Tallahassee?

  • I am very happy with my decision to attend this program and school. I have absolutely no regrets. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else and feel like I’m part of a supportive, intelligent, and creative community.
  • Grad school is a lot of work, but I think it is possible to balance other activities aside from school. My biggest issue this semester comes down to my health issues, which at this point I have no control over. Hopefully I’ll get some relief soon and life will be a teensy bit easier.
  • It’s definitely important to take care of yourself, whether that means eating right, making time for exercise, or getting out the of the house and being social.
  • I actually love Tallahassee this time around. I love how this city is infused with so many happy memories from undergrad and yet I’m constantly making new memories.
  • Gosh, I love football season! Not only do I love FSU football, but it’s awesome how many of my friends come to home games and it’s a great chance to see everybody!
  • I do not miss E’burg one bit. I’ve decided that Tallahassee has just the right amount of seasons for me. It’s gets cold, but not too cold. The leaves change. It rains a lot. It’s just the way I like it.
  • Overall, I’m very very happy.

Since I didn’t get around to blogging much (or at all) after the beginning of November, here is what you missed:

The end of [regular] football season — FSU vs Miami football game.

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Classy Safety for Intimate Apparel.

All the grad students used opening night as a chance to dress up in our finest clothes for a night of theatre.

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A special and super quick visit from Terri!

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Tacky Santa Christmas Party

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Christmas Lights at Dorothy B. Oven Park!

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I’ve been waiting four years to be back in Tallahassee during the Christmas season, so I could go to see these lights.

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A faculty-student Christmas party

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That pretty much wraps up all of my various social activities for the month of November and the little bit of December that I was in Tally.

My goals for next semester:

  • Do not get behind in my work — I need to be constantly working ahead, but also realizing when I’ve reached my maximum work capacity for a particular day.
  • Continue trying to build running and strength training into my daily routines.
  • Get my fatigue and sleep issues sorted out!
  • Be more social! Make more friends and try to find some social activities outside of the theatre.
  • Find a roommate!

Most of all, have fun and enjoy life!

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