Aug '08 - Jul '09
The first day of Spring Semester 2009 at USC was yesterday, and I'm starting to experience what can best be described as "senioritis." This includes a sense of impatience with formal class time, an indescribable urge to work harder and faster than ever before, and an ulcer growing in the pit of my stomach caused by job search angst. Graduation is certainly on the horizon, but before I can get there, I have to finish my web site, write a giant thesis document, do a couple of seminars, and help write a book, all while sending out resumes and positive "hire me" vibes. Maybe that's why I'm moving so fast.
The good news is my web site is nearly ready and should be rolled out in the next couple of weeks. Until then, I am going to try to enjoy the sunshine every time I walk to and from my apartment and school (but that's pretty much it - let's face it, you can't code on the beach). It's January, and being relatively new to the area, I am still trying to get used to wearing short sleeves in the winter months. Even so, at 80 degrees for the high this week, I think it's unseasonably warm for Los Angeles in January...I mean, right? I have also noticed the tendency for people to bring up the "sunshine" and the "warm weather" in conversations more often during the winter months. As if to say, 'hey, it may have taken me 90 minutes to get here in bumper to bumper traffic, and the cost of living is crippling, and there could be another atmosphere-wrecking wildfire or an earthquake next week, but at least it's not -5 degrees here like it is in Minnesota.'
Here's a view from our all-school meeting yesterday:
Stay warm, folks.