Do you know what April 15th is? Tax day right? Well not when you are applying to grad school. That is the date of the final decision. All schools need to know by this date whether you are coming or not.
All semester I have been traveling to the many schools I applied to attend this fall. I liked most of them and the decision was hard. I really ended up liking the last school I visited last. If I had a made a list of things I needed in a school last fall (which I didn’t make but should have) this school doesn’t have much of that. It isn’t large, it doesn’t have fancy materials characterization instruments, or a neat clean room. Instead it has character and personality. I will get to work close with my professors, who only take on between 0 and 2 students a year, yielding very small groups. I will develop my own instrumentation, and take machine shop to make sure I know how. And Jacob and I will get to move to a exciting area of the world. So where are we moving this summer?
(Light and Truth)I can check out all sorts of rare books any time I want, if I am so inclined.
(waffle)And on the same block as the chemistry complex is the local Peabody Museum of Natural History. On my visit, I met the man who made this squid with the help of the chemistry department’s in-house glassblower:
My favorite teacher happened to go to this nice university as an undergrad. When my dad bought one of these, my dad gave the complimentary hat that came with the forklift purchase to him for fun. I guess I need to get one myself.
New Haven, Connecticut here we come.
(all photos are under the creative commons license, thanks generous photographers!)