The campus is teeming with new students and excited old ones--it makes me feel a bit cantankerous. I mean, I'm happy, but it's not intrinsically tied up in the rush of starting a new semester. Durn young'uns.
It was nice to get a change of scenery for the summer (by being at Microsoft Research in NYC, in case you didn't know). Jake Hofman was an incredible mentor, and I learned about things in a refreshingly different light. It's always a little sad to leave anywhere pleasant, but I'm happy not to spend three hours on a train each day.
Now I'm trying to find my routine for the semester; I need to be productive and prepare for my General Exams in October. It's a little scary, but I'm feeling much more confident about my work than I used to be.
There's a lot of non-research I need to do as well, things that I let slip over the summer. Fixing up my bike, harvesting the last tails of the garden, making dentist appointments.
Nothing is overwhelming yet, and hopefully it'll stay that way. Maybe that's why everyone likes September so much.