Welcome to Texas!

There’s a reason for the long silence, everyone: I moved to Texas to start a masters degree program! I flew here last week and orientation started a few days ago, on Thursday and Friday. I have so much to write about that I don’t even know where to start, so I guess I’ll go with first impressions of Texas and my new school.

  • Heat? What heat? Admittedly we’ve been having more rain than is usual, but so far, I am not impressed by Texas heat. It’s just not that hot here, sorry. Admittedly I’m coming from the Balmy Tropics, where it is also hot (and humid).
  • A large public university is so different from a midsize private university. I don’t mean that in a bad way – just as an observation. I could easily walk around my undergraduate institution. Housing was guaranteed for undergrads and and the buildings were all in a collegiate gothic style. Here, everything is different. The buildings are massive and the campus is huge, too. The business school building (technically it’s two buildings smashed into one for no good reason) alone is the size of several buildings at my undergraduate university.
  • Texas accents are cool. Just saying.
  • My classmates come from very different backgrounds. At my undergraduate university, we were all pretty similar: rich, high-achieving high school graduates from the east coast (with a substantial contingent of Chicago natives thrown in). Here, at least in my program, we have people who have worked for several years, some who haven’t worked at all, some with business majors, science majors, engineering majors, and humanities majors. I really like all of my classmates so far – they’re all great!
  • Finally, the best fact of all: the library here is to die for. It is massive. There are shelves upon shelves of Russian-language books. As someone who was once an aspiring academic,* this is very amazing to me.

So far, we have done many fun things at orientation, including a cruise on the lake Thursday night. Apparently a lot of bats live here and people often go to the bridge to watch them fly out. There are over a million of them living there!

bats at night

Anyway, I have lots to blog about – especially articles I’ve recently and such – so expect more posts now that I am settling in.

*Who am I kidding – a part of me is still an aspiring academic. I’d love to be a finance professor someday, but I don’t know if that’s possible with the background I have.

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