A very short week recap

Week one of grad school was a blur.  Meeting so many promising new peers, getting to know faculty and my advisor, mixers, lunches, studio assignments.
All of my classes seem like they will be very productive. I’m down to one job now, and I’ll only be working within regular office hours, leaving me plenty of time to get organized and make time for the things that matter (including fun). I do, however, need to find an internship- which I’m excited about as well, if not a little daunted. The bright spot is I have a lot of experience (for my age) and feel I may be able to land a paying intern position, which would be just a dream.
Other than that I need to start really getting serious about thesis options- my program is pretty flexible with the requirements but I really want to do something with weight and relevance during my time here (not to be idealistic, ha).
Finally, just making new friends, staying connected with those so close to me, and making time for myself. Always a balancing act but I think I may just manage.
So, maybe it wasn’t that short after all.

Two of my favorites from our latest studio project, meant to display natural variety and rhythm, respectively.

Q

Anonymous asked:

Ok you probably won't even answer this but doesn't it hurt when your man goes down on you with that beard!? Or maybe it's a good kind of pain lol

A

I have a feeling this was asked by a man with little to no experience in that department. Talk to your partner to see what they’re comfortable with, not random strangers on the internet (whose sex life is none of your business,  by the way, unless I want it to be).

Have a great day!

humansofnewyork:

"I want to be an engineer."
"What advice would you give other engineers?"
"If you build a house that collapses, you’re going to get arrested. So you need to keep using the pendulum to make sure that everything is straight. Also, your cement mix has to be strong. You also need to be careful with the builders that you hire, or they will steal the cement from you.”
"What sort of building would you build?"
"A factory that makes new books, so that everyone can have new books for school. All of my books are old and have writing in them."

(Entebbe, Uganda)

womaninthewoods:

Heaven is a switchboard that you want to fight
She would even miss you if you taught her sight

Missing Michigan today.

jeffstockwell:

weekend getaway in Yosemite 

(via womaninthewoods)

Q

Anonymous asked:

Sounds nice! So your boyfriend rides with you? How the heck do you afford school/living expenses when so busy with everything else if you don't mind me asking?

A

I wish he did (hint hint Ben!), but we like to hike together.

Ahh money. I’ve worked since I was 15 and have really learned how to budget for myself. I am pretty financially independent except for my phone- hooray for family plans! I live on my own, keep my bills low, ride my bike to avoid buying gas, buy groceries instead of eating out, etc. About 75% of my clothes and furnishings are bought second hand with no shame, I’ve really learned to develop my own style and I like knowing I’m saving useful items from going to waste.

As for school- my undergrad was completely paid for with financial aid and my MacBook Pro was earned on scholarship, so I didn’t have to pay for anything out of pocket. It was such a relief when I learned I would be able to continue my education without burdening my family or swamping myself in debt.

I was awarded scholarships for grad school as well but they didn’t quite pay for all of the expenses so all told I’ll come out of grad school with about $10,000 in student loans, $2,500 a semester to make up the difference. I just try to keep in mind a Masters degree will be worth it.

photocait:

More bike rides in my life, please.

Q

Anonymous asked:

Any fun plans for the weekend?

A

Hi there,

I’ll be working my last shifts as a hostess over the weekend- I’ve been given more hours at my university’s development office and combined with grad classes, that’s pretty much all I’ll have time for professionally without losing my mind (not to mention the studio homework I’m sure will overwhelm me as the semester continues).

I do have Monday completely free though, I may go on a nice long bike ride, or maybe a sunset hike with Ben if he doesn’t have to work. Definitely something relaxing and active to celebrate a successful first week of classes. Life is good right now, I’d like to take some time to reflect on that as well.

Thanks for asking!