01 June 2012

Wrap Up?

Things are slowly coming to a close here in Buffalo. As the days go by, I am slowly feeling this impending feeling of closure. After all, I have spent a total of seven years here, and this chapter of my life will end soon, waiting for the next chapter to begin.

Last month, I already filed my papers to the Graduate School, asking for an amendment to my candidacy. That means that they now expect me to graduate in September 2012. That's the date that I am aiming for. In order for that to happen, I should have everything in by August 24. The Graduate School must have a copy of my dissertation by that date. In order for that to happen, I should have defended it at least two weeks before that date. So that is what I am aiming for.

I didn't renew my apartment lease. I am already looking for post-doctoral opportunities everywhere, here in the United States, in Europe, overseas, everywhere. We'll see if there are open calls for that.

So what's the worst thing that could happen? If I don't get anything, then I have to go back to Manila for a bit. If that happens, then I'll use that opportunity to churn out papers and publish my research, making me more competitive for the market, while continuing on the job hunt.

So yes, this is my last summer here in Buffalo. And I honestly don't know where my next summer will be.

(More Japanese Chairs, from my Cathedral of Learning Series)


  1. Do you have a preference as to where to start your new non-academic life? Do you feel like being "home"? Are you tired of dealing with visa and all?

    So many questions, I know!

  2. What a change it will be for you after seven years in New York state. I hope everything works the way you wish – you deserve it!

  3. Zhu,

    I do have a preference, which is I'd like to live in Europe for a while. Legally, of course. I've visited Europe several times before, checked out a few countries, and so far I kinda like it. We'll see if that happens.

    Now, the concept of home, that's tricky. Given the fact that I grew up in a diplomatic household, home was very mobile. Yes, we came back to the Philippines after foreign stays, yet we also learned to adopt to the fact that whenever we were living overseas, that was where home was.

    And no, the visa thing is a hassle sometimes, but hey, I can't change the fact that I am a Filipino citizen. I've always thought that as long as I am honest and had a valid reason to travel, I'd get the visa. And so far, that seems to be true.

  4. Vagabonde,

    Thanks! It is indeed change, I can already sense it. Things are still in flux, but so far, I think I am prepared for the change.