The September Review

Well, I have officially begun graduate school.

It’s not that I didn’t ever see myself at this point, but it’s surreal to be here now… it’s been an amazing year.

The final bit of my year-long trek took me from Wisconsin to London which meant about 3 weeks of unpacking and repacking the suitcases, each time hoping it was nearly the last.

In the first week of September, I said goodbye to Wisconsin, the MIA team and Tristan, attending a press release for a new legislative Bill that would provide funding for our archaeology efforts. It was a great way to finish up what I consider my ‘career focused’ part of my gap year and to say ‘see you later’ to this team.

Then it was off to Chicago to meet up with my parents and brother! We went to Starved Rock State Park in Illinois where it was ridiculously hot and humid, but gorgeous. We hiked all day, made friends with bugs and enjoyed lunch at a lodge that overlooked the river. The next day was spent at the Indiana Dunes on the beaches and boardwalks before returning to the big city. Chicago was fun and it was all too soon before my parents and I were saying goodbye to Stephen and we were off on a flight to Spain.

A week in Northern Spain wasn’t enough! Roadtripping, hiking, eating, cider-drinking, and quality time with parents after months away was a very special time. We moved from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian, experiencing chilly days in the mountains and sunny days on the beach.

Before I knew it I was in England, attempting to make friends with new roommates and my cohort, exploring a bit, trying to settle in and spending my birthday reading scientific articles before the first day of school.

MSc. here I come!!