I have now been in Chicago for a few days, and it has definitely been quite an experience. Moving in definitely had its ups and downs, but in the end I am very happy with the room that we got as it is easily one of the bigger ones that we have seen (and that says a lot as it is still super small). I have been pleasantly surprised with how easy it has been to make friends with other people in the program. For example, last night Libby and I got a group together of about eight of us to impulsively go downtown at night just to go to TJ Maxx. It was something that was super fun and impulsive, and I look forward to what more is to come.
I definitely moved to the city with some fears about riding all of the public transport, but surprisingly I have become comfortable with it relatively quickly, and I think that by the end of next week I should be able to get to all of the places that I need to go with no problems. Today was my last day of orientation, and so tomorrow (Wednesday) will be my first “real” class day. I am taking a Professional Seminar course, an Arts in the City course, and then I will also be taking a Social Justice course that starts in February. On Thursday I will start my internship, which is something that I am both super excited about and also a bit nervous for. As a result of covid, much of my work the next few weeks will be mostly virtual so I am still uncertain what this is really going to look like. Overall though, my experience here thus far has been a really good one and I look forward to all of the memories and growth I will experience!