Monday, July 14, 2008

Transitions

I've wanted to contribute to Scientiae for a long time, but somehow never got it together. But as I sit here rushing furiously to get through my dissertation, surrounded by boxes, the August theme of Transitions really spoke to me.

I am anticipating a lot of transitions. In 12 days we will be packing up and moving to Chicago. R will be starting a PhD program, I'll be adjuncting at least one new class at a new school (hopefully I will get some more classes as well) and I plan to defend my dissertation sometime this fall.

The move is exciting. Although I am not done with New York, and would love to stay here longer, I am excited to move to a city I have always liked. I love new things and it will be fun to explore our new neighborhood, find new favorite grocery stores, restaurants, bars and coffee shops, and hopefully make new friends. It will be great to start over in a new (bigger and cheaper!) apartment. And most of all, I am happy R and I are moving together. This is the first time we have moved into somewhere at the same time. I moved into our Florida apartment first, and he moved here to New York while I was in the field, so that is nice.

Defending my dissertation is also exciting, although scary. I still don't have a scheduled defense, and am rushing to finish up some excruciatingly boring data collection, but it is all starting to come together. I will be so relieved to have it all over with. I think I will be one of those people who just sobs with relief once it is all done. On the other hand, it is also scary. I have been in grad school for 6 years. I know how to do it. Now I have to go find a job, R and I have to deal with our two-body problem, I need to learn how to be a professional and not a student. It is weird, for as much as I want to finish, I am also scared of finishing. But when it is all said and done I am also looking forward to what I will be like a year from now. Will we have an awesome apartment where our awesome friends come regularly for dinner parties? Will I have a sweet postdoc or tenure track job at an exciting place where I can interact with cool people? Will I be adjuncting 5 classes a semester for basically no money? Will I be living in upstate New York while R stays in Chicago? Really, anything could happen and it is kind of equally exciting and terrifying.

7 comments:

Matt said...

What, pray tell, is a "two-body problem"?

Laurie said...

A two body problem is basically when you have two PhDs in a couple. If I were unfettered I could take a job anywhere, but since I have R, anywhere I go will have to be somewhere he could get a job too (and vice versa) thus we have two bodies in the tight academic job market, causing us a problem. :)

Laura said...

Sometimes Universities will find jobs for the partner. Maybe that will happen and you guys won't have the two body problem.

Why might you be in upstate NY? Are you thinking of applying to a school up there for a job? Do you have connections?

Academic said...

Good luck with the move and best to R as R starts a PhD program!

--elf-- said...

I know what you mean about "becoming" a professional. I defended in June and can't seem to wrap my mind around the fact that I'm no longer a student! Good luck in Chicago!!

PA said...

When you figure out how to be a professional, and not this role of student that we have been playing all our lives, let me know. This is a huge deal for me right now.

Congrats on the new move, the new job, and the new opportunities!

alicepawley said...

You can totally do the finishing thing. And the karma of the world seems to be supporting people getting jobs in the same places. Good luck on your move and new start!!