Sunday, July 24, 2011

Califonia Dreaming

So I graduated, passed the FE, and now sitting by the pool in my sunny California hotel that I'm calling home for the next few weeks. Becoming a grown up, scary.

I had my heart so set on Reunion Island, but a little over a month after accepting that fate I got a job offer for an engineering position in northern California. A job that I really was interested in and couldn't defer and had to make one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make, on par with deciding where to go to college. Ultimately I chose the California job for several personal and professional reasons and know I'm gonna be happy though at times I doubt myself. My compromise was that I'm still going to Reunion, just as a tourist on vacation rather than teacher and resident. I'm in touch with a lot of people there and hope to go in early 2012 once I get settled here in Cali.

It's been a busy summer- MD, DC, Julia's master's graduation in Seattle, a super stressful weekend apartment hunting in SF, a return to Ithaca, packing, moving. I now arrived in CA and I can't lie it feels weird, especially knowing I won't go home for a while and that the DC area really isn't my home anymore. I got an apartment and a great roommate starting in a few weeks and a job starting in a week.

Weather in south bay is fantastic- 80s, sunny, palm trees not the chilly fog of SF but also not the excitement of SF. There's not much to do around here, but I need the break so it's good for now. I'm excited to explore all of California and meet new people, get a fresh start. I also miss the East Coast like mad. I find myself latching onto all things east coast related-news, sports, references, I definitely feel like a fish out of water, but that's natural and I know I'll get adjusted in no time. It's gonna be good out here, I have a feeling. Julia's also moving here, which will be nice and make me feel more connected to home.

Going back to my palm tree filled terrace. Hello California!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Paradise Awaits


So 17 more days of classes, 26 days total til Slope Day, and only 47 days til graduation! My college career is almost at a close. I'm both extremely excited to finally get my degree after 4 years of hellacious engineering classes and extremely terrified to be leaving mother Cornell. I now have a solid plan for the immediate future, but there are so many question marks in the air. What will I do this summer? Will I still be in touch with college friends? Does Cornell just throw me into the wild the day I walk across Schoellkopf? TBD

As many of you now know I'm going to be an English teaching assistant on the French Island of La Réunion next academic year!!! I'll be doing a program similar to Teach for America except teaching for France (so Teach for France haha) called TAPIF- Teaching Assistant Program in France. Except I won't be in the métropole, instead tropical paradise. I'd say it's a good deal. I get paid a little more to be on a tropical island in the Indian ocean near Madagascar for a year than I would if I were just in plain old grandmother Europe.

I'm SOO EXCITED! It's hard to keep focus when paradise awaits (but don't worry Dad I'm still attending class). My little guidebook on Mauritius, Réunion, and Seychelles arrived last night, I've been reading it at every free moment. Trying to plan my awesome adventures in the cirques and waters around the island. I also got confirmation of my acceptance yesterday, SO IT'S OFFICIAL! I won't know my specific assignment (type of school, length, and school location) for at least a month, but fingers crossed it's good. Already I'm talking to current and to be assistants there and trying to figure out prime housing spots (ie. beach + good nightlife).

CANNOT WAIT! Will keep updates on my upcoming ad