Mar 5, 2008, 4:45 PM
Post #428 of 2090
I'm psyched to visit Columbia. It's strange, because I cycle through different emotions. I'm psyched as all hell, and I am nervous as all hell, and it will be weird to be in this very, very "planned" day with all of these people I don't k now, etc. The flip side of that is that I have hooked up with someone admitted for creative nonfiction and we are splitting a rental car and a hotel room. That's sort of nice to know. I've also been e-mailing a bit with that student who sent out the Welcome day information, and the poets who will be my teachers already know that I will want to sit down and just spend some time talking to them about the next 5 years of my life. I mean, well, for as excited as I am and for as certain as I am, I have some concerns and some really big question marks (most of which are really logistical in nature and I only wonder about because of all that I learned on living on 9K/year during my MFA program).
I think that's sort of a lot, you know? It's really about as coordinated as I get, when it comes to my own life. There are too many details (and details for stupid details' sake) in my shitty-ass job. And then there is the focus on details in my poems, but that somehow seems different. I don't mind those kinds of details. But when it comes to a short amount of time--just 2 days--it's a lot that I already have figured out. I don't think I can handle much more right now. :) Especially for a place that, on a map, occurs to me as the belly button of the Unied States and for a university that has a limited online tour of the campus.
And as for green shirts--I was never someone to necessarily follow a trend. I have a vaguely green-ish polo and a black v-neck. If i have the wherewithall when I pack, I might have to pack it! Otherwise, it will be short little me, the usual black shirt or sweater of some sort, jeans, and my trusty, sturdy old fluevogs and a messenger bag of some sort...
Good luck with your SLC visit. That would overwhelm me, if I had to make a decision, to visit both places back-to-back like that. Wow. I hope that, regardless of your ultimate decision, you get a really good sense on this trip of where you want and need to be!!!