So I thought today was the day I would meet my roommate, but apparently, it wasn’t. I still have an empty living room. Maybe tomorrow is the day. That is, if I even have a roommate. If not, I’d rather have a coffee table over of an unused extra desk and bed.
Meanwhile, since classes haven’t started yet, I’ve been using my free time to either explore the campus or exercise. I went to the campus aquatic center two days in a row now. Both days I swam 20 lengths of the pool in freestyle. Since I haven’t exercised in quite a while, it was exhausting. I have sore arms, but it felt so great to exercise again. The aquatic center is a short walk from my apartment, so hopefully I can go for a swim in the early evenings during the term. Maybe I can get my swimmer’s body!
The problem with exercising in the evening, however, is that I eat dinner later. Usually this isn’t an issue, as I was raised eating dinner around 9pm (thanks, parents), but it seems like everywhere nearby to campus closes at 9pm! Tonight I walked 25 minutes to the nearest shopping plaza, but I got there at 9:05pm and was turned away from two eateries! I walked back another 25 minutes to the on-campus graduate student bar/eatery, but it was packed with people (which was why I didn’t go there from the beginning). I waited a very long time before I finally got my food. Luckily, my college bestie called me so I didn’t go insane from waiting. By the time I finished eating (a grilled club sandwich and fries), it was about 10:45pm. Ridiculous. At least the food was good (but a little too unhealthy).
The reason the graduate student bar/eatery was packed with people was because there was a mixer that I missed out on because I had gone swimming instead. I knew about the mixer, but I really wasn’t interested in a noisy gathering where everyone is drinking beer. I know I’m supposed to be meeting new people right now, but I’ve been deliberately avoiding large rowdy crowds the last few days. I’d rather do something low key or on my own.
I sound like such an old man. I am old, in some sense, at least compared to the other graduate students. When I went to graduate school for math, I was fresh out of college and barely turned 22 before school started. Now I’ve just turned 28 and feel quite a bit more mature than the other new graduate students, most of who are now six years younger than me.
Anyway. There’s still time to meet new people. My departmental orientation is tomorrow afternoon, so I’m sure to meet people then.
In other news, I found out about a month ago that my old officemate from my previous graduate school is here doing a postdoc for a year! I dropped by his office this afternoon, and we caught up over coffee. At least I have an old friend here with me!