2016 June

June 19 – July 4

I cannot believe it has only been 2 weeks since I began school!

So far so good though. It has been an adjustment getting used to regular classes again, but I enjoy my cohort (50 – 60 people) and we’ve been having a lot of fun so far.


I was also elected our Summer Class Representative, which has been a bigger commitment than I anticipated. I feel very up to the challenge, but wish I had a little more time for writing and coding. I am hoping as things calm a bit, I can rejigger how I spend my time. I have two new book ideas I’ve started and want to keep pushing as well as a web / mobile app I am (slowly) developing.

Otherwise I am enjoying the Chicago area (of course it is still summer though). I’ve gotten to hang out with some of my friends in the area, though not all. Another time management consideration lol


We’re (shockingly) about to head into midterms (a side effect of a shortened summer quarter). I am feeling good about my business classes: Accounting, Strategy, and Business Analytics. All of which are pretty much review.

My only design class (for now — we have another design course starting up in a week) is interesting. Our goal over the summer is to develop an innovation-focused business and pitch it to actual investors at the end of the quarter. My group chose a pretty challenging problem, which in it of itself isn’t an issue, but many of my teammates haven’t shown great commitment to the project. This worries me a little, but hopefully that will change as we ramp up on our business plan. More soon!


June 4 – June 18

I’ve moved to Evanston!

I start school (MMM program at Northwestern) on Monday with orientation (first class Friday). We have yet to get our schedules for the week, but I’ve had barely a moment to think about what comes next as moving has taken up most of my attention.

Moving is (obviously) a huge pain. Thankfully my mom came to help and I had as much as I possibly could coordinated ahead of time (furniture bought from a graduating student, apartment squared away, relevant items shipped, etc.). Nancy and I only got in one blow-out fight (so pretty good?).

Also, my randomly selected NETGEAR wifi password started with the words ‘magicalflute’ so I have to take that as a good omen.


Anyway, now I have to get started with homework (O_O) and continue working on my special side project. Can’t wait to share more about my new classes and classmates!

May 26 – June 3

Before the big move to Chicago, I spent some time at home celebrating my cousin’s high school graduation and the wedding of a high school (and middle school and elementary school) friend.

All in all it was a pretty relaxing week.

Got in some pool time:


Took Ryan to Universal and IOA (with Phil!):


Explored Orlando with Ryan (he seems sold on potentially living here one day — kind of crazy that that is a potential option for us now!):


And of course danced the night away at Traci’s wedding (what an amazing band!):


Next up is the big move to Chicago. Excited for what’s next (even though I’ll miss Ryan a lot). More to come on the move soon!