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April 4th, 2009

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10:36 pm - an early birthday present
So I realize I haven't written a substantial update in this here journal in a long time. I've been twittering and facebook status-updating so some of you know this already but check it:

I've been accepted into the Master of Arts in Graphic Design program at NESAD. I'm gonna be a grad student!

Technically I'm "conditionally accepted," meaning I have to pass the pre-grad summer program this summer before I'm a real live grad student. But yeah. Grad school. In Boston.


The whole process has been terrifying and stressful and anxiety-producing, from filling out financial aid forms to writing my Statement of Personal Goals (which took me almost two months), requesting letters of recommendation, being told the admissions department couldn't find my letters of recommendation, and months of uncertainty about what my future holds. Until last Thursday I didn't know what city I'd be living in in two months. Lots of sleepless nights and anxiety and retreating into computer games for hours on end. But I got a call from the program director on Thursday, and everything worked out better than I dared hope. They were impressed with my website and my experience, so I get to jump into a more accelerated path than I thought I'd have to take.

Now begins the scary process of figuring out where I'm going to live and how I'm going to pay for all this. Colin's going to be staying in Portland for now, and I'm hoping to commute back as many weekends as I can. We haven't really been apart for a significant length of time since we first hooked up (8 years ago this Wednesday!), and it's going to be rough. But it's not forever and Boston is only two hours away and it's going to make life so much better in the long run that it's going to be worth it. It has to be.

I'm not sure how the money situation is going to work out. Even if I thought I could work full time and go to school, I've already been unemployed for six months with no prospects so who knows if I'll find any sort of job in Boston. I'm waiting on an award letter from financial aid to see how rough this is going to be. There's a chance I'll be able to rent a room from a friend of the family, which could be really helpful if it works out. Fingers crossed but trying not to count my chickens before I've seen the eggs.

Obviously I won't be able to ref full time for Maine Roller Derby anymore, which makes me sad sad sad. There are other leagues around though so I'll probably volunteer for Boston or New Hampshire when I can. Derby is such a major part of my life now that I can't imagine giving it up completely. Besides, I'm just getting my WFTDA Referee Certification and it would be a shame not to put that to use.

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Date:April 5th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Wow! Congratulations! That's really exciting. I hope that financial aid is able to come through with a good deal for you.

fraterrisus has just gotten involved with roller derby (as a ref, no less) - do you want me to put you in touch? (It would probably be through LJ, as I don't think I have an updated email for him)

And, I'm happy to make a big post on my journal about how you're moving, and see if any of my friends back in Boston have any leads on work, housing, etc. - just let me know if that would be helpful (I don't want to just go posting your plans all over the internet without your permission, that would be creepy)

I'm glad Boston is close enough to Portland for you to be able to commute back for weekends (actually, if you were planning to commute ALL weekends, I bet you could find someone willing to rent a room on weekdays only - I've sometimes seen parents with part-time custody have a room that's available when they aren't caring for their child, for example). I think you're probably right that it will be rough to be away from Colin, but also, you're probably right that it will be long-term worth it. I mean, you'll be learning SO much, plus getting a degree.

In short: congratulations, and let me know if you want me to post that you're looking for housing/work.

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Date:April 5th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, I met that guy in Boston when I worked the penalty box for the Maine vs. Boston bout! Yeah I should definitely get in touch with him, if we have Rek in common also.

I would love if you'd post on your journal that I'm looking for housing & work. I don't want to plan on weekdays-only, because there will probably be times when I have to stay in town to get work done on projects. I'm hoping for a June 1 move-in date, since the summer program starts June 5.

I'd love if you could share the link to my Etsy site, too. I'm going to humbly ask all my friends with blogs to spread this link around: http://MGChains.Etsy.com - if I can start making money there it'll make everything so much easier.
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Date:April 7th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Cool! Definitely get in touch with Ben; he's a nice guy, and knows a lot of people.

I'll make a post about you right now :). Good luck with housing - I know moving sucks, but if you're willing to do it twice, you might have good luck finding a summer sublet, and then moving some place more permanent in September. (Boston leases mostly run from September to September). There's a also the b0st0n community, which, while full of crazy violent snark, is also full of a lot of knowledge.


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