So, after six long years of stagnation- living in the same apartment and toiling away in graduate school, things are finally going to change.
Here is my 4 step plan:
Step 1: Move to my grandmother's house in Waltham. My roommate Ern is moving into her newly-purchased house in Southie, and since I might be relocating in the fall, I decided to move into my grandmother's house for a few months while I figure out my next step rather than look for a new roommate. Besides, as much as I love living in Southie, I'm sick of my dingy mouse-infested apartment! Oh, and my grandmother's house is free, so I can save up some money and work on paying down my credit card debt. My grandmother lives in a assisted living facility, and one of my cousins is living in the house for the summer but I'll be alone there come fall. When I asked my grandmother for permission, she said that the house has two rules: no smoking inside and everyone has to make their beds. I think I can handle that.
Step 2: Finish graduate school. I'm planning to defend in September, and all I have to do before that is finish all of my experiments, get a manuscript submitted and accepted for publication, and write my entire thesis. Piece of cake, right?(Oh, if I fall off the radar for a couple of months this is why.)
Step 3: Go to Australia! I have always wanted to go, and I've been promising my college roommate Kristy for years that I would visit her... and now I'm finally going to do it. I can't wait. I bought my ticket and I leave in October and will be there for nearly an entire month. So far, the plans include Sydney, the outback, and Melbourne, but if you've been to Australia and have a favorite spot, please let me know! Also, my flight was only $900 so if you've been thinking about taking a big trip, now's a good time to get affordable flights.
Step 4: Find a job. Preferably one that pays over 30K a year and doesn't make me hate myself.