Today was my first full day back in Ithaca. Since I’m teaching a freshman writing workshop (or FWS, for those in the know) for the first time, I have to attend a six week teaching course. While it’s a lot of additional work, I’m excited about it. At RIT I was dropped into the deep end of the pool and was expected to start swimming. Here there’s a formalized support network for grad students who are teaching classes.

Being back in Ithaca is a bit of a mixed bag. I’m excited to start studies again. This is going to have to be a big year if I hope to start my research next year. That means I have a lot of course work to do and a number of grants to apply for. And while that is exciting, if not more than a little overwhelming, I’m also sad to be away from Dre — especially since today is our wedding anniversary. I know it’s cliche, but while there have been trials and tribulations, 3 years really has seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. I can’t wait to see her this weekend!