Ellen Mueller

1st week Grad school DONE and Going to NYC!

by Ellen Mueller on August 29, 2008, no comments

Well, I’ve completed my first week of grad school, and am sufficiently over-whelmed. I have a “Contemporary Thought” class that requires 1 full day per week just for reading the articles required for class (the professor suggests using Saturdays). I have a “Graduate Seminar” class that surprised us with a required trip to NYC in October (I’ll get to that in just a moment). Then, there’s the “Intermediate Drawing” class in which I am assisting a professor and a “Directed Study” course, so we’ll see what fun surprises I’ll be challenged with in my studio time. It’s been overwhelming, but good – I came to grad school to be challenged, and they are definitely holding up their end of the bargain!

Tampa is a very hot and humid place right now (we’re in our hurricane season), but I’m told time and again that the weather will improve soon. Other notable Florida items: there are little lizards everywhere, people are generally shocked and do not believe me when I say I don’t have a car, and voter registration ends Oct 6th here! (I didn’t realize how spoiled I was in MN where you can register the day of the vote).

Finally, as I mentioned before, I am going to be taking an unexpected trip to NYC October 9-12, 2008. If anyone is currently in NYC or knows someone there with a spare couch or floor space, please let me know… I am small, polite, and unobtrusive. I’m hoping to cut costs by finding some way to crash for free, or at a steep discount – any thoughts or suggestions are welcome!