Sunday, April 01, 2018

The Big Changes

It's been a moment since I've been by here!  In lieu of the "usual" Sunday post, I want to talk about some of the major changes that have caused me to be largely absent from the blogosphere.  I am hoping that I will have a bit more free time nowadays because this blog was pretty much abandoned since the middle of February.  My apologies to those who have been leaving thoughtful comments and not received them in return -- I'm working on it!  Maybe you're wondering, "What's up with the radio silence?"  Or you're thinking, "Just get to the point!"  

Well, here goes.  In the past month and a half, I have . . .


From the middle of February onwards, I sort of vanished into a hole as dissertation writing took off.  It was a pretty stressful time.  I had some computer problems and lost some days worth of work (and they were productive ones) which meant rewriting parts of it.  However, I submitted my thesis in early March and defended it in a seminar later in the month.  Which means . . . I am now a Dr. who holds a PhD!  Hallelujah, at long last!  I was pleasantly touched by the amount of family and friends who came out to support me.  Becoming a Dr. is pretty momentous, but I was most moved by the warmth, love, and support I have.


I don't want to say I said my "goodbyes" because I intend to keep in touch with the people I met during my studies, both in and outside of my academic circle.  I left Pasadena on March 31 so there was a flurry of last minute meetups.  I'm sad to say I didn't get to see everyone!  I don't think you realize how many friends you have until it comes time to leave a place.  I'm grateful for every connection I've made, for what people have taught me, and for the kindness and generosity they've all shown.  The right kind of people will draw out the better parts of ourselves.  Leaving people is the hardest part of moving.  My partner started his new postdoctoral research position in Northern California as well so the partings started actually started quite a bit earlier.  Everything happens as one, you know?


New life, who dis?  As of yesterday, I have moved to Seattle!  I've signed a lease for a flat, but can't move in for a few more days.  For the moment, I'm splitting my time between an Airbnb and a friend's futon.  This is the first move of my life that I've made alone.  I start my new job tomorrow as a postdoctoral researcher in my advisor's new laboratories so this weekend is the last bit of my downtime!  I shipped a total of ten small boxes ahead of time and boarded a plane with an 80 lb suitcase.  Suffice to say that I'm glad I've been lifting.  

Where do we go from here?  Life is going to be hectic for a bit: I have to deal with moving in, getting started in the new lab, and research projects.  However, I'm hoping to have a bit more time on my hands with the exams, dissertation writing, and graduation requirements of my PhD program finished.  Hopefully, I'll be more present in the blogosphere, establishing photography work in Seattle, and more!  Talk soon.  Here's to new beginnings!


  1. DR. ALYSE!!!

    Yesssss! Congratulations on earning your PhD! All of your hard work paid off and I'm excited you got that title! Been waiting to call you that for the longest. I'm excited to see you moving on your next part of life - hella adulting right there. Haha, you've been exercising for this moment! To board the plane with an 80lb suitcase no problem. Hope you'll adjust to a nice lifestyle up in Seattle! I liked it up there when I visited - I know you will too! So many opportunities for lit photography and I'm excited for you!!!

    I never say bye for the same reason. Good luck to your partner up in NorCal! Even though you guys aren't in the same state, you're making an investment for a good future (hello $$$)

  2. Oh my gosh CONGRATULATIONS! That's amazing. Sounds like an exciting time for you. Looking forward to hearing about it :)

  3. Congratulations on earning your Ph.D! What a truly monumental achievement! Good luck with the move, I can't wait to hear about all of your new ventures and your new pad (:

  4. Oh!! Congratulations on all the new changes!! This sounds like a wonderful, exciting time Doc! ;) I'm very excited to hear about all the new adventures, hope all will be well! Take care! :)

  5. Congratulations again Alyse! And how exciting that you moved to Seattle! Best of luck on your move and hope you get settled in soon.

  6. Congratulations on achieving such an impressive milestone and surviving!!

    Best of luck with the move and settling into a new city and also life as a post post-grad!


  7. Alyse! I'm so incredibly proud of you and your accomplishments. I wish you all the best with your move to Seattle and I hope that your job is what you were hoping for. Don't forget me - text me if you're ever in California :)

  8. A huge congrats on your getting yout PhD!! You must be thrilled! Hope it all goes well settling into Seattle :)

    Hanh | hanhabelle

  9. Wow, congratulations on becoming a Dr. I bet moving to a new city alone is frightening but exciting. I hope everything goes well with your career and changes!!

  10. This is amazing! Congratulations, Alyse! I bet it feels like a new stage in your life. Wishing all the best to you and I hope that we will see a bit more of you here in blogosphere. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  11. Congratulations, Dr Alyse! So many big changes did happen to you. I wish you nothing but the best in this new chapter of your life. Good luck with everything in Seattle!