For the first time, I am seeing the overprotective older sister appear as I worry about Katie. This whole thing just makes me doubt. I’ve decided that maybe it’s not odd for me to be so scrutinizing. Honesty is usually the best policy, so I was honest and said I’m worried. I am wearing my dad’s squinty eyed “hmmmm” face.
My diary entries from here have become boring. Life is good these days, but simultaneously weird. It still feels temporary, like I’m going to be moving again soon. I haven’t gotten used to the fact that I actually attend school here now. I miss my friends, even as I meet more new people each day. I just miss them, not so much of a pain anymore, but a persistent dull ache. I miss my friends. And last night’s new turn of events has made the feeling more pronounced.
Anyway. Today was nice…beautiful weather yet again, and I met with my advisor and am pumped about it. I was so happy to see that I’d been assigned to Dr. Cantwell. He tests rockets. Ha! That’s all I have to say. He tests rockets. That is so cool, and it’s exactly what I hoped to do here as a grad student. He said I can work for him in the winter or spring, after I take this first quarter to get settled into the department and Stanford.
As far as my class schedule goes…well, it looks like I will be doing a fair amount of review this fall. I guess it was to be expected; after all, not everyone comes into the program with an undergraduate background in aerospace, so while I’m reviewing, others will be learning the material for the first time. The only class that promises to truly challenge me is the computational fluid dynamics course, since I’ve never done CFD before. But yes Becca, it does sound a lot like junior year at Tech. And believe me, I wouldn’t touch structures with a twenty-foot pole if I didn’t have too, but unfortunately, we are required to take one structures course. So this is it, and then I will be done with that god-awful part of engineering.
Anyway. Had my first piano class today and I think it’s just about at the right level. We learned major scales, which I know from playing the flute but didn’t know how to play “properly” on the piano. Plus, the tunes he assigned us for homework are just about at my rudimentary skill level. Should be fun.