While academic work certainly isn't the only important thing in my life I do find that I receive a great deal of personal satisfaction and creative release participating in a field as exciting and diverse as Philosophy. I don't believe that I felt as fulfilled while working in the "real world" last year. This might be because I was working in an industry that I didn't really find compelling or rewarding. Regardless, I am pretty excited about what the next 5 years or so will bring.
Other than my studies I am trying to become familiar not only with a completely new city, Madison, but also a completely new area of the country. I recently moved to Wisconsin from Massachusetts and, while the culture shock was certainly not as much as I was expecting, the move is definitely an adjustment. I am looking forward to learning more about this city and spending time with people who can show me all that Madison has to offer.
Also, I love whiskey so if anyone knows a great place to get some that would be great.