Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Move.

I spent my first two months in Boston crashing with Rachel. She technically has a one bedroom apartment off of Oak Square in Brighton, it conveniently has an "office"/large walk in closest. In theory this sounds like a really great place to throw a mattress on the floor and live with relatively cheap rent. However, living on the third floor with slanted ceilings and no windows was not all I had hoped for.

After finally settling into the city, and getting my wits about me, I began the apartment hunt. I was able to find a new apartment on Craigslist, still in Brighton, closer to the green line. This means a shorter commute, oh, and WINDOWS! I'm living with a high school teacher (she's great!), and the cutest little peekapoo (pekingese/poodle), Solo.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My first 10K!

Photo taken by by Maine Running Photos

As some of you may know I've been on a bit of a fitness kick lately. I started running in the spring, and started off not even being able to run a full mile. I completed by first 5K at the end of July, crushing my personal record, and decided to set my sights on a 10K.

I ran the Portland Trails Trail to Ale 10K at the end of September! It rained the majority of the run, but I did it!! My goal was to finish in 1:15:00, miraculously, I completed it in 1:06:45!! After 3 knee surgeries I never thought I'd call myself a runner, but here I am. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Next up? Hopefully a half marathon in the spring!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Boston!

It's October, and I'm a month into grad school, how is that possible?

I'm taking 18 credits, one of them is yoga so technically it's only 17. However, grad school credits are not like undergrad grads. They're scary, and hard.

At this point I'm not working. I thought maybe I would, but the first week of classes crushed that dream. But really, how am I supposed to get this all done? The professor of my Women, Children, and Adolescents class (who reminds me of all of my Wheaton WS professors) told us the trick is not to actually read anything, just skim, skim, skim.

I'm taking: 

  • Foundations of Environmental Health
  • Intro to Epidemiology
  • Women, Children, & Adolescents: Public Health Approaches
  • The Biology of Public Health
  • Introduction to Biostatistics

My brain hurts just thinking about it.

I'm living in Brighton. The commute is a little daunting depending on the time of the day I'm trying to get to campus, but I've gotten used to it. The bus offers so many opportunities to people watch.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Summer 2013

So I'm a little behind on my posts. Its been a crazy six months! Lots of big changes!! My summer consisted of lots of work and relaxing at home. Here is a list of the highlights to get you all caught up:

  • Worked full time in Portland as a Customer Service Representative
  • Worked part time at the Ocean Park Soda Fountain scooping ice cream 
  • Started running (ran in my first 5K)


  • Got to spend about a week with Hannah who was visiting from Bulgaria!! 

  • So much family time, cook outs, and fishing
My first fish!


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Deposit submitted!

After a fantastic weekend spent on campus and in Boston, I have officially accepted my offer to attend the Boston University School of Public Health in the fall!

The accepted students day was really informative and helped to solidify my decision even further to attend BU. I got to meet with professors and students from my concentration, International Health (IH). I also may have been swayed into adding a second concentration, Maternal and Child Health (MCH). I talked to a couple of the MCH professors about some of my interests and they invited me to an alumni reception their concentration was having that evening. They were all so brilliant and wonderful, I felt like I was back at a Wheaton Women's Studies event-- that awesome. 

I picked up lots of tips and tricks throughout the day about financial aid, registering for classes, and getting the most out of BU in general. 

I feel so happy, excited, and lucky. 

This is exactly where I'm meant to be.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston University



I have officially been accepted into the Boston University Master of Public Health program with a concentration in International Health, and my hope would be to focus on Sex, Sexulaity, Gender, and Health. A mouth full, but exactly the focus I want. I also was very fortunate to receive a merit scholarship, which helps make the decision a little bit easier, but I’m still not 100% sure if I’m going to go.

Why you ask? Well, that’s a complicated question.

While I know this is the program I want to do, it’s more of a question of do I want to do it right now? Or should I wait until next fall?

As most of you know, my plan was to head to Africa, not take a causal year off before grad school. While it wasn’t what I had intended, having time off was kind of a blessing in disguise. It allowed me to take a month in Europe, visit friends in DC multiple times, go to Arizona for two weeks, and just generally lead a pretty low key existence.

I got my acceptance email and I panicked. Do I want to do this yet? If I took another year I could visit Natalie in Panama, or Lauren in California, or go back to Europe and explore some more with Hannah. I could take more time to travel and volunteer, all without having the ridiculous amount of student loan payments that grad school will add to my plate.

Then there is the questioning of financing. While BU is a great program, it isn’t cheap. I know as a grad student I won't have any problem finding someone to give me a loan, but how will I ever pay them back? Should I work full time and go to school part time to try to spread out the payments? What if I just took the loans, hammered school out in 3 semesters and then started paying? What if I took a year off to save some more? The last thought is just laughable because if I’m not in school, I’m going to be travelling, not saving.

As you can see, I have a lot to think about and mull over. I’m stressing myself in circles, which really isn’t much of a surprise. I’m waiting for my financial aid packet, and for the accepted students day on campus at the end of April before I make any official decisions.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Arizona


Our family trip to Arizona was thrown together a little last minute. We’ve only been saying that we were going to take a trip out to visit my uncle (my mom’s oldest brother) for 10 years now. Finally, the stars aligned and it happened. Mike could only get a week away from work, but the rest of us were there for 10 days.

We spent the beginning of our time two hours north of Phoenix in Cottonwood, where my uncle lives. He was out personal tour guide for the trip. Everyday we had something planned.

We ventured up to Jerome, more than 5,000 feet above sea level.
We dedicated a day to the Grand Canyon. The drive up through Old Creek Canyon and Sedona was beautiful.

We spent an afternoon with my Uncle in Sedona, and went on a hike.

For Easter we went back down to Phoenix to spend the holiday with my cousins. The weather the beautiful. We hid eggs for a hunt for the kids. There were lots of card games to be had.

We went to the hole in the rock.
We saw the Diamondbacks play.
And, we went out to Canyon Lake.

Overall it was an A+ family vacation. Only ten more years until the next one...