Legitimately how I felt today. I just got out of @ualbanycurce research funding workshop (TY Casey) and was passing by the Performing Arts Center where the Dr Arnold Nobel Lecture talk was earlier today (awesome) and decided to take a #nerdlife sefie next to the sign that was still outside. Then I realized how nice the purple lights were.
It makes me happy, and that's part of why I post photos like this, why I record or post anything. The reality is today was long and difficult and I spent most of the day stressed out with a number of projects going on, a rough day at work, and other challenges around me. But the picture and how I feel is what remains from today. It's something I wondered and hoped about years ago, before thinking about coming back to school at UAlbany. I don't know where I'll be next year but @UAlbany really became my home this last year and I know I will miss it.
It's a farewell to the streets I grew up on and my father scrambled up and down, along Central Ave, in a time long ago. Now that's what I do, along Central and Fuller. Every day. I feel like I made the streets and the campus my own, it's not some big campus that was so detached from me like when I started again a few summers ago. It means so much to me to have a research team and lab accept me and sit together as a really cool lecture, to know my way around campus, working on other projects that matter to people, to be around learning, and to share the trials and tribulations on this path. Today was a hard day and the last two weeks have been particularly demanding. But I don't feel like there's anywhere else I'd rather be and that's what I feel in the moment captured here.
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