It's been an exciting month so far. I moved into my new apartment in Hyde Park at the beginning of the month, and I've spent most of my time since then getting settled comfortably. It's been a long and challenging process, beginning with the fact that I'm on the 10th and highest floor of a building without air conditioning at the end of a Chicago summer. The first nights were quite steamy. Fortunately, Home Depot had an end-of-season sale for fans and A/C units, so I was able to pick up a window-mounted fan for pretty cheap, and it's done wonders.
Today, the Comcast man came with the gifts of cable and internet. Once that was successfully installed, I headed over to campus to register for my Autumn courses and pick up my stipend check. FYI: I'm registered for 4 classes: Grad Student Proseminar (sort of an intro to Psych Grad School and Research), Cognitive Psych, Stats, and Intro to Linguistics 1. I'm especially excited about the linguistics class, because I wanted to take linguistics as an undergrad, but I couldn't fit it in my schedule. As a grad student, we're required to have a minor, so mine will be linguistics.
Yesterday was my day of orientation, and it was a nice little event. I met several history students who joined me at my lunch table, one of whom actually lives in my apartment building.
Classes start next week, and I'm really excited to get to work. Data coding in the lab I worked in over the summer has started to liquefy my brain.