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My little sister is going on a school field trip to New York city tomorrow, and guess who's a chaperone?

I had to get my fingerprints taken and a background check done, but now I can officially chaperone these sorts of events. (Definitive proof that I'm not a psycho killer, in case anyone had doubts.) So for the next four days, I'll have a group of high schoolers following me around like ducklings. (We'll be in the audience of the CBS Early Show on Tuesday, so look for us.) It's going to be fun, of course, but I still can't escape the feeling that I'm getting old. Since Margo attends my former high school, it's especially nostalgic.

I was looking at the list of kids going, and most of their last names were familiar. These are all the younger brothers and sisters of the people I knew in high school, but they're so much younger that I never even knew they existed. I guess that shows just how long it's been since I graduated.

Time is really flying, isn't it?

Oh, also, I just got my acceptance letter from the City of Hope. (It's a research institute and hospital in the US that I applied to for my PhD, if I haven't mentioned it before.) So now I have to choose between Cambridge University (which hasn't sent me their decision about funding yet) and City of Hope, which has offered me a stipend of $28,000 a year during my degree if I choose to go there.

My time at Oxford has been incredible, but it's left me with a lot of debt. Cambridge is my first choice, but CoH's offer is giving me pause. It has a very respectable reputation for biomedical research, and their curriculum sounds great. The Californian weather there would also be nice, and I'd be living in my home country without having to worry about a horribly expensive exchange rate. Of course, that means leaving behind a lot of people that I know and love in Britain; one person in particular. (It's our six month anniversary at the end of the month, and I'm as happy now as I was when we starting dating.)

It's a tough decision, that's for sure.

On a lighter note, if you're a Naruto fan who's been keeping up with the manga, you need to read this. Spoilers for Sasuke's latest battle, and major LULZ!warning. Don't try to drink anything while you read this, srsly.

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Date: 2008-04-05 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heir plez tak my babiez you can has them!

Hope you have a great time in New York. Congratulations on being accepted to yet ANOTHER fabulous place of research. I've already started asking for recommendation letters and working on my "statement of purpose." Augh, Graduate school. Terrifying! Maybe I'll have my first PhD by the time you finish your third. ^_~

Whichever you choose, you'll be fantastic.

I do miss you. <3

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Date: 2008-04-28 10:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I miss you so much, Alex! I'll be home in America again in late July; will you be in the general vicinity?

We must sally forth into the world of higher education together! For it is dangerous to go alone...


Date: 2009-05-31 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's been so long since I logged into live journal and I was perusing through my friends' entries and came across this...

I don't remember if I told you, but my sister was on that New York trip, and she mentioned you and thought you were funny.:)It brought back memories of our europe's so weird how we're all college graduates now; I feel like I graduated from West Shore yesterday.

I'm so happy for your phd program, it sounds like you're having a blast..keep in touch!



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