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September 17, 2011 / thegirlwhotooktheleap

Starting grad school with a flood!

It’s been 3 weeks since the start of graduate school and we already ended up missing a week of school because of Tropical Storm Lee. Bloomsburg was one of the worst-hit towns in Central PA. The Susquehanna River started rising and just created this massive flood which caused some of the people to be evacuated. We were quite fortunate that all that was affected was our basement. The rain started coming last Tuesday, and by Wednesday our classes were suspended and our basement had 2 feet of water. You cannot imagine how distraught I was upon seeing my flooded basement. The place that we live in right now is a quaint apartment (which I love!) but unfortunately, it could not hold all of our stuff, so we had to store a lot in the basement. I painstakingly packed my entire life into those boxes when I moved to the US, and to see it just be destroyed like that was heartbreaking. Tim also had all his high school and college mementos in the basement. To say the least, we lost a lot of books, all my therapy materials that I used in Manila and China, and other random sentimental stuff. Thankfully, we have renter’s insurance which covers floods, so they were able to send a textile company over who took all the clothes (all our winter and summer stuff were there) and they will give it back to us nice and clean. Despite all that we lost, I know that a lot of people lost even more, and I sincerely wish them the best, and that hopefully our town and the rest of Central PA will be able to recover from this awful calamity. I am anxiously waiting for the textile company to return our stuff, they had told me that some of the clothes cannot be restored because the colors had already run and some had gotten mildew (ew). But its just stuff right? And what’s important is that we are all okay. 🙂

They ended up cancelling classes for a week and a half! By Thursday we were out of power and water. Tim wasn’t able to go to work because the roads were all closed. He attempted to go to work last Friday and his 40-minute route took over 3 hours! The roads were so bad that he was not even able to pick me up! My in-laws had to come rescue me and here I am right now still at their place. Tim left for drill last Wednesday and he is coming back tomorrow, so tomorrow we can finally head back to Bloom and clean our basement. Hopefully things will finally go back to normal.

They also cancelled the Bloomsburg fair which I was actually looking forward to! I know there is still next year, but it won’t be the same because Timmy will be deployed then 😦

Here are some of the flood pictures that I took:

Anyway, speaking of grad school, the first week was definitely interesting and overwhelming. I love my class and the campus is beautiful, and I am very excited to go back on Monday. I could not help though but feel incredibly intimidated by the program and the workload. I am very scared but I have made it this far, I have actually gotten in, and now I just need to do my best and stay in! I know that it will be a lot of work, a lot of reading and studying, but I am happy to have Diona with me, and also to have the support of my Timmy, who has always believed in me even when I had already given up and felt that I would not get accepted anywhere. Now that I am in Bloom, I really do feel like I made the right choice and I picked the right program and I am so excited to get this going! I have already started thinking about externship sites, and wondering whether I should attempt going back to China or just stay here in the US. Of course, a part of me wants to go back, but since I plan to work in the US, I feel like gaining the experience here is better because externship is the best time to learn the ins and outs of our practice, rather than struggling with it during my CFY. But anyway, I am getting WAY ahead of myself, because I haven’t even had my first midterm yet!

All I can say that I feel incredibly lucky to be here, to have this opportunity, and to be blessed with this experience. 🙂

Goodluck to all incoming grad school applicants!!

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OHMIGOSH!! I forgot to add that I finally got my learner’s permit!!!! It was not hard at all, just read the manual and answer the practice questions, all the questions are from there! I brought my passport, green card, ss card, application form (signed by a doctor) and a check for my payment. I also brought in my lease and 2 bills in my name! Hope that helps other immigrants looking to get their permit in PA! Don’t worry, its easy!! 🙂 I will let you guys know how the road test goes 🙂

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