A good friend has been “suggesting” that I get pen to paper & get blogging again.

I have been totally focused in doing everything I can do to get into Grad school this spring & it seems that dried up my ability to reflect & pontificate  – so I didn’t blog.

But – I got the acceptance letter this week for Spring semester. I am now a GRADUATE STUDENT!!! studying to gain my Ph. D. in Civil Engineering!

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine this course change. I had been pondering Graduate School but thought it would be frivilous as there is a tremendous cost involved & I had no clear direction as to what I would do.

Sunset Moosehead Lake

That all fortuitously changed over happy hour on Moosehead Lake;  gimlets, good company and good conversation!

I mentioned to my summertime neighbor, who is in the Engineering Dept at University of Maine that I was job hunting & had looked at various positions in the Advanced Structures & Composites lab there. That I was very interested in the offshore wind lab but that all of the jobs were for engineers & there was nothing for a geologist.

Off the cuff, he mentioned their fully funded PhD program which was heavily involved in the offshore wind project. The rest is history.

Those who know me, know that I believe “things always work out”. I don’t mean we can passively sit on our derrieres but we can  seek out life’s new experiences – be proactive.

I have been busy getting up to speed, filling out applications, writing essays, studying for the GRE & taking classes (though I have a couple of years of Engineering under my belt, I will need a few more classes to complete my admission requirements).

I know the road will be fraught with obstacles BUT RIGHT NOW:

I feel like I have just jumped out of an airplane (with parachute of course) & I am free-falling! I see the world below  but have no idea where I will land!

I’m enjoying the free-fall! It is an exhilarating feeling!

3 Comments on Savoring the beginning of a new chapter in my life!

  1. Laura says:


  2. Ann says:

    My hero!

  3. Heather says:

    Thanks Ann – Let’s just hope we can stay in 1 place long enough for me to see this plan through!

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