Apr '04 - Aug '07
There's nothing more supportive than mentors & family.
Tonight, the last night before orientation, I spent 3+ hours on the phone with -- let's call him Morpheus. He's a friend, an architectural confidant, M.Arch Columbia grad, and designer for an NY starchitect. We met on EFNET which seems appropriate since, tonight, he basically laid down the challenge to learn SCI-Arc, then go way beyond it. He had advice on everything from theory to nutrition, books to gadgets, SCI-Arc to GSD.
On the other hand, I said internal goodbyes to my family... well, ok, I did it mentally -- I know everyday at SCI-Arc will be one less I can spend with my wife and kids, and I'm only now starting to understand how much time that will be. We've talked many times about graduate school being a serious commitment (for the rest of our lives). My kids and I spent the day together; my wife and I spent the night together after she worked a full 8-hr shift so we can take our last vacation later this week.
I am about as ready as I'll ever be...