Last spring, I decided to stay in school. I had just finished the courses to complete my MFA in Creative Writing when, suddenly, two more years of school sounded like a good idea. And so, I applied to the PhD program, was accepted, and now, fall finds me once again here, wandering amongst the cloisters of the University of Glasgow.
I'm three weeks back into classes, and so far so good. Most of my time is spent writing and reading, but I do have class on Mondays and then there are various optional seminars, trainings and guest lecturers I can attend during the rest of the week if I need inspiration or, you know, just to get out of the flat. I'll also have a few study breaks this year by participating once again on the ultimate frisbee team. Because school and sport just go together in my mind....
So, that's my third September in Glasgow. It's actually kind of historic for me 'cause it's the first time I've stayed longer than two years in the same city since my college days. I lived four years in Salem, Oregon, and then, during the next 11 years, proceeded to move to 7 different places: 3 cities in China, Florida, California, Colorado and then here to Scotland.
So, yeah...this is new for me. This whole not-moving-after-this-long-in-one-place thing. I'm sure I'll get antsy (I already kind of am - yikes!), BUT I think it'll be good, too. For one thing, all that energy I'm saving on apartment-hunting or finding the best grocery store or figuring out where the post office is can now be spent on weekend day trips outside the city. It turns out, there really is still lots to see around here! :)
(The Falls of Clyde - near New Lanark)
(The owls of Wigtown...including this awesome little pygmy owl)
So, here's to whatever newness and oldness Year 3 in Glasgow brings. Any year that starts with pygmy owls looks pretty promising. :)