Today I have a meeting with the director of graduate studies at my new college. That sounds funny...my new college.
I'm kind of nervous as if it were a job interview, but the fact is I'm already in - at least to the certificate program.
I have a meeting for academic advising and orientation this afternoon. Apparently orientation for graduate school is not the same as normal college orientation. It's one-on-one, and I fear it may be led by me and whatever questions I have.
This is a huge step for me. I registered for classes about three years ago at a different university - just after I hurt my foot and when I still had optimism that I would be walking normally and doing martial arts again. I asked my physical therapist the question: You think I'll be better by September, right? The look on her face said it all: No.
Now I think it's a solid maybe.
In a few hours, I will find out if my foot will tolerate the drive and the walk from the parking lot. Some walking surfaces (like thick concrete) are especially bad on the nerve in my foot. If the classes are in the basement of a building with no padding on the floors, it's going to be a problem no matter what kind of orthopedic shoes I wear. I'll also find out if the seats aggravate my back problem and if there's any mold in the English building (note to self to remember my inhaler and take my allergy meds just in case). I intend to test out the seating in the library too, where I'm hoping I can write before or after class if it all works out.
I'm not that worried about the academic stuff. That isn't that much of a deal-breaker. If it turns out it's harder than I expected, I'll just work harder.
But if the floors are literally too hard, it's over.
It went well. It was all cement and bothered my foot a little but didn't hurt terribly. I got lost and had to roam around on foot for a while until I found my car. I survived it and am registered to start in two weeks. The drive was 32 miles, which I did in 32 minutes (and didn't speed). Used the cruise control the whole way, so the driving was OK.
Next post: the search for an incredibly light-weight laptop.