Time has flown by! I can’t believe it’s April already but I’m quickly wrapping up my second and last year hear at Columbia University. My experience here is definitely ending on a high note as I’ve had the opportunity to get envolved with a couple of neat projects, had time to take more public health-based classes and even worked in the time to explore New York City a bit.
I can honestly say that the Peace Corps was the slowest experience of my life and graduate school has been the fastest. But, I’m taking my own advice with a grain of salt – as I’m only 26. Now, I’m looking beyond graduate school and figuring out “the big plan,” which to say the least – still eludes me. I often think about career paths and find that one or several would make me perfectly happy – it will most likely come down to a time and a place. I’ve tried not to think about it too much as I’ve wanted to get the most out of graduate school. My work with the New Media Task Force has wrapped up (our competition was an awesome success!) with some (or really, most) of our winners and competitors developing their ideas into reality. I had a great time listening to my fellow classmates share their ideas and learned a great deal from the judges feedback. I’m still working as a program assistant for the MPA-DP program – it’s been a blast. I’ve met with many a prospective student and I have to say that the information sessions are my favorite part of the job. Listening to people say why they want to join this program (or are considering it) reminds me of why I’m here and where I’ll be going.
I’ve been trying to find time to read novels and get out in the city as well. I’m discovering all of the wonderful historic spots here (I thought we had plenty in VA but NYC has got it made) and listening to my new favorite thing: The Bowery Boys podcast. I have to throw some publicity their way because it is honestly the funniest, best compilation of short stories I’ve ever come across. Check ‘em out.
Oh, and I’ve discovered the Farnam Street Blog – which has become addictive. I’d recommend it if you’re into exploring new literature, articles and ideas about the how’s and why’s of people and organizations. He gives great summaries that will get you on the road to learning new, awesome things. I’ve also got a long list of books piling up from BrainPickings.Org that I look forward to reading.