How I Stay Organized in Grad School

It is almost back to school season! And with classes being all online this term (again) I want to make sure I am super organized to keep up with everything. This semester I am also starting a new degree, this is the first year of the MCP portion of my dual MST-MCP degree, and MCP has way more course requirements. This means I need to maintain the same RAship I had last year with three courses, while taking 4 and a half classes. Plus with getting more involved in some extra-curriculars I have a ton to plan.

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Semester in Review: First Grad Semester Done!

So this year I started grad school at MIT. Going to grad school had been a dream for the past years and once I decided Transportation/City Planning was what I wanted to study MIT was the ultimate dream goal. To be honest I really never thought I would actually get in, it was one of those “reach” goals you have to push yourself. To this day I still sometimes look around campus and need to pinch myself to prove it’s not a dream.

One issue sometimes with dreams is that you never really think what life will be like when they come true. There is this old adage that grad school is like climbing a mountain: you spend so much time preparing, stressing and working towards the goal that once you get in(reach the top) you’re not really sure what to do next. I would agree, but also add that once you reach the top you are in wind storm, and its icy, and the last 100m of climbing are 11000x times harder that the previous kms.

Needless to say my first semester was a whirlwind and the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Not sure what I expected but I definitely underestimated how hard it would be to go back to school, switch fields of study, acclimatize to a STEM environment,  and learn how to be a substantially better researcher. I thought I would recap my ups and downs and maybe a little bit of what I learnt this past semester.

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Postcards from France

A couple more snaps from my recent trip to France! This is my ultimate happy place and I love being able to relive the trip through these photos.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

The red houses of Roussillon
Early morning mist from a vineyard in Provence
The happiest camper
Snaps from another beautiful vineyard we visited
The habour of Cassis
Back alleyways of Cassis, for a small town there were tons of ways to get lost

 

Provence Part 1: Three Days in Cassis

Just got back from the magical vacation ever in the South of France. This is a trip I have wanted to do for awhile and I am so so glad it finally worked out! Provence is truly a special place, full of artisans, stunning landscape, French food and beachesJust got back from the most magical vacation ever in the South of France. This is a trip I have wanted to do for awhile and I am so so glad it finally worked out! Provence is truly a special place, full of artisans, stunning landscape, French food and beaches, and I hope if it is on your list you can make it someday ( and if it is not on your list maybe you will be inspired by the photos below.Day One- Arrive and Settle In

Just got back from the more magical vacation ever in the South of France. This is a trip I have wanted to do for awhile and I am so so glad it finally worked out! Provence is truly a special place, full of artisans, stunning landscape, French food and beaches. If it is on your list I hope you are able to make it soon, and if it is not on your list I hope you get inspired by the photos below!

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A Weekend in Olympic National Park, Washington

I just got back from a long weekend visiting my boyfriend in Seattle, and this time we thought we would switch it up and explore more of the Pacific Northwest! We planned a bit of an impromptu trip out to Olympic National Park and it turned into an amazing weekend! Seriously insane landscape, very cute little towns and great local food! Have you ever been to the PNW?

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