Over a week. We have been in Texas for over a week, and it still hardly seems real.
On Thursday afternoon, my parents and I began the 13-hour drive to Waco around 1pm. We arrived around 1:30am and headed straight to bed. Friday morning we were up and at ’em. We got the key to my beautiful house and started moving things in right away. That afternoon we made our first trip in Texas to the nearest IKEA, and when we returned Dad and I put together my new bed. We spent the rest of the weekend getting me settled in, buying groceries and the like.
Tuesday night, the ladies from my cohort enjoyed an evening getting to know each other. We would have invited the guys, but they hadn’t joined our Facebook group at that point. We met and spent time chatting about ourselves, where we’re from, and what we’re doing here now. Spending some time together helped us to feel comfortable as we navigated the orientations that followed.
First we experienced the Graduate School orientation together, followed by Baylor’s Educational Psychology department orientation. There we met several of the faculty and most of the first year students in the Ed. Psych department. On Thursday, all 7 of us introduced ourselves to one another and to our professors at our School Psychology orientation. We learned more about the program before heading off to a local eatery for lunch. There, we shared some good ole Texas barbecue. After lunch we learned more about Baylor’s Autism Resource Center, known to us now as the BARC.
When we were done navigating orientations as a group, we split up on Friday as my roommate and I headed to our graduate assistantship orientations. There we learned about Baylor’s Academic Success Center, where I will spend 20 hours a week working with students to provide them with resources for success here at Baylor. (Meanwhile, I will need your prayers for this part of my endeavor.)
In other news, I can find the following locations without my GPS:
HEB (the grocery store)
& various restaurants
Needless to say, I’ve got the necessities down.
We’ve been in Texas over a week and I’ve already met over 20 new people and visited about 6 local eateries, and this is just the beginning. Next up: a recap of my first week in grad school!