Life Update #1

I’ve officially had my first week working in Nashville as a graduate student at Vanderbilt, and it’s about as overwhelming as I had imagined.  Morning morning, 9am, I had a meeting with my P.I. where he gave me a textbook and a grant to read, so all I’ve been doing for the past week is reading a textbook on MRI.  “Great,” I thought, “I’ll read this AND do all the problems by Friday afternoon, and then my P.I. will be so impressed!  Well let me tell you, I am halfway through chapter 5 (out of many more than 5), and I haven’t been able to solve more than a quarter of the problems since chapter 2.  I haven’t done this kind of physics in over two years!  I’m not even understanding the more math based strategies, and I’m supposed to be good at math!

Okay, I digress, two of those days were occupied by a “retreat”, which means that the entire Imaging Institute of Vandy (VUIIS) listens to each other present about their research.  It also means that on my third day of work, I had to socialize and network with people I had never met, but who I would know for the next 5 years.  Aka, the biggest first impression event since freshman orientation in college.  Terrifying.  But, I did end up meeting a lot of really cool people.  I spent of the event with a group of girls (women?  they’re like in their late twenties…), introduced to me by this really kind person who works in my office.  Part of me feels like I’m being invited places out of pity, but I also know that I’m prone to such self-deprecating thoughts that aren’t always true.  BUT WHAT IF?  I actually went to happy hour with them at this classy place (roaring twenties vibe, all glass walls, great cocktails) on Friday and I felt really good about it.  But at the same time, I still don’t feel like I’ve met anyone who I really connect with the same way I did with my friends back in Rochester.  But it will definitely take time, and I can be patient (usually).

On another note, Nashville has brought two pretty significant things into my life:  country music and hockey.  The predators are 2-3 in the Stanley cup finals, which is a big deal I guess, because I care about these things now.  I’ve been trying to watch the games with my only friend south of the Mason Dixon line, so that’s brought some Nashville pride into my life.  But mostly I just go to work, read my textbook, and pretend I’m better at magnetism than I really am.

One thought on “Life Update #1

  1. I’m so proud of you! Also if people are inviting you places out of pity that’s honestly totally fine because they know exactly how you feel having been in your place and they just wanna help. Yay for nice understanding people!


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