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let's have another bad-good-random list, shall we? it's a good way to summarize my life.

yay, a list! )
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a bit surprisingly, i'm very happy. it's not surprising in general, since i tend to be a pretty happy person in general, but it's kinda surprising in the context of all the current upheaval. but, really, it's all going really well right now, better than i expected, really. i'm interested in all my classes, lab stuff is great, everyone is super nice. i complained to one of my lab mates about not having anything to do friday night, and she immediately invited me to go to an event with her! and dancing was great fun last night, and while hillel wasn't an immediate hit, i'll try it again and see. and i'm going swing dancing tonight (i'm not very good at it, so we'll see how things go), and i signed up for personal training type stuff on fridays, and there's just so much cool stuff! so i'm a happy elaine. i'm sure i'll have the down-swing at some point, but for now, it's great!
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i had a lovely long lunch with a labmate, chatting about classes (she gave me advice about the fMRI class, since she's taken it before), the lab, religion, dating (she told me stories of people who met and married in grad school and offered dating ideas, i told her that i'm not looking at the moment, but would appreciate the thought later), things to do in tucson, and just general grad school advice stuff. she's super nice, really smart, just a very cool person. i'm hoping we become friends. so far, everyone i met has been great.

in about 20 minutes, i'll drive back to campus to go to hillel. there's gonna be a grad student wine and cheese thing, so i'm forcing myself to go and meet people, even though i'm a bit apprehensive. and then, i'll stay for services and dinner, since i'll be there already. hillel wasn't my thing at ucsd, especially by junior year, but we'll see how it goes. i figure, i need to put myself out there and meet people, and if it doesn't suit me, well, i don't have to come back.
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things are off to a good start. i've had one class and one required but non-credit brownbag thing, and they've been good. the class is the assessment one, and it sounds super interesting, if hard. and i bought a DSM-IV-TR for it, so i felt all official and psychologist-y (if you don't know, it's the diagnostic and statistical manual, version 4, text-revised, and it's the psychologist's bible)! so that was cool. the brownbag is a lunch hour series where faculty come to talk to the clinical first years and tell us about their research and such, and that wasn't that interesting today since it was mostly logistics, but it sounds like it should be good.

more classes tomorrow and thursday, and then there's a hillel grad student social on friday which i'm going to make myself go to, even if i'm a little intimidated. and i'll stay for shabbat services, too. and the ballroom dance club starts next week on monday, and it sounds great! they have lessons on mondays, and semi-structured practice on wednesdays, and social dancing on thursdays. and they go out to salsa things and other dances, and to comps, and it sounds pretty awesome! so yay for things to come.

oh, and tomorrow, i have a meeting with two profs (my advisor and one other person) to talk about the data i will be working with that might result in a paper! weee!!!
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since wednesday, i had some sort of orientation every day. first the general grad student orientation, which was pointless but they fed us. then the ta training/orientation, which was mandatory, useless (since i'm not ta-ing this year) and generally boring, and they didn't even give us coffee! and then yesterday was the psych grad student orientation, and that was better. it was very, horribly long (8-5) but we learned useful things about the department and some policies and such, and we got to meet each other. there are 17 new psych grad students, with 6 in clinical, plus 3 transfers to clinical from other programs/schools. one girl, for example, is from asu, in phoenix, but her professor got a job here and relocated his lab, so she decided to transfer. amusingly, she lives in the same condo complex as me. even more amusingly, another guy from orientation lives, with wife and adorable baby, literally next door to me. we were very surprised to run into each other in the evening! there's a also a new zealander in the group, complete with cute accent. heh.

so everyone seems nice and excited about school and all. we went out to the grad student social afterwards, which was a bit boring, but not too bad, and then met up with some of the current psych grads at a random bar. not really my thing, but it was nice to socialize with people, just get things going a bit. it was too loud when the band started playing, and i was developing a headache, so that's when i went home. still, it was a nice evening, and nice to be out on a friday night. and if i couldn't understand half of what the new zealand guy was saying, well, that's ok. i could still drool over the accent.

classes start on monday. i already have homework for one class, despite the fact that it hasn't started yet. sucky, but that's ok.

yesterday was the first day since i've been here that i didn't cry, not even once. that was nice.

my calendar is packed with classes and meetings and stuff, but that's good. i'm excited to be doing things again, finally. dancing will be nice, too, i think. the club meetings start next next monday, a little over a week from now. i'd like to also go to hillel, so maybe i'll do that next week. however, they were supposed to have a booth at grad orientation, but no one was there. if that's how they feel about the grad community, i'm not sure they're gonna be useful to me. i guess we'll see.

off to do homework, and laundry, and then cook for the week, weee!

p.s. i need a new default icon. i just changed mine to the toy me, but it's too similar to several other people on my friends list, so i wanna find another one. suggestions? i can't really use my old default one anymore, it's [livejournal.com profile] davidturtle and me holding hands, and it makes me sad to use it.
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i'm fairly anxious about moving to tucson this summer, so i'm trying to concentrate on the positives. and there are lots! so i was thinking i'd list them here, to look at when i'm too stressed out about the whole process.

list of good stuff )
so yes, happiness. i just need to look back at this when i get worried, and it'll be all good.

arizona!

Feb. 24th, 2007 11:17 pm
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i'm about to go to sleep, but i wanted to let you all know: i got in! dick bootzin wants me to come here and be a grad student in his lab! weeeee!

more to come later, i'm sure. so excited right now! it does mean that i'll have to move, which is sad, but hey, tucson isn't all that far, you all can come visit! heh.
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i am in tucson. my garment bag (with suit and pretty much everything else except for the bare essentials) is not. this is exactly what melinda and i talked about. funny, but not. however, i just got a call from the airline people telling me that the bags should be here (at the place i'm staying) in the next few hours. thank goodness, otherwise i would've had to do interviews in my clothes from today. that would suck. i know everyone would understand and all, but still, yuck! but yeah, stuff arriving, so i will have suit and shirts and nice shoes, and even pjs to sleep in tonight! yay.

the reason the bags aren't here is that the sfo to phoenix part of my trip left 40 minutes late. they had to rearrange some cargo. and then get a new weight manifesto. and then get a new and accurate weight manifesto. so then, in phoenix, i ran to the shuttle, took it 2 terminals over, ran to the check-in place, got told by a really rude, bitchy woman that i couldn't check in for my flight because i had to be there 45 minutes in advance (i was there 40 minutes in advance), had my anxiety levels skyrocket, ran over to another counter, and got checked in with no mention of the 45 minute thing. ran across to security, fretted in line, ran across the entire terminal to my gate, and then spent the (thankfully short) flight next to a rather smelly individual. but at least the flight was all of 25 minutes. and the crew was funny. so now i'm here, at a grad student's place (she has a gigantic, really nice 1 bedroom for 610 a month!), waiting for my stuff to arrive so i can go to sleep. my day tomorrow starts with an 8am meeting, so sleep would be good. ah, well.

here's to hoping it goes well! good night!

blah

Feb. 15th, 2007 06:06 pm
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i hate rejection. so much for berkeley. blah. well, at least i'm interviewing in tucson next week. i've had a good feeling about arizona right from the start, let's hope that actually translates into reality. arizona was sort of my first choice, but then i visited berkeley for the interview last week, and the more i learned about it, the more i loved it. so, a disappointment. i should be used to them, right, from last time? and i tried to not get my hopes up too much, especially since one of the other applicants to the same prof as me works in the prof's lab currently, so she definitely had an advantage. but i was still hopeful, and now i'm sad. ah, well, at least i know and don't have to anxiously wait.

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