There is a woman in my department at school who almost everyone has had a negative experience with at some point, and last week she betrayed my trust and pissed me off in a way that I could not have anticipated. It has shaken me to my core and really made me question a lot of the reasons I came to study at this program and what I will be able to accomplish while here. I’ve been so consumed with thoughts about our passive-aggressive (her M.O.) tussle that I find myself feeling *excited*, even grateful that “summer” classes are beginning on Monday. The welcomed distraction of required reading and face time with an enjoyable professor who likes and supports me is a wonderful prospect.

Meanwhile, for reasons it is unwise to divulge here, I’ve had to give up the summer internship with the feds. Doing so broke my heart. Having done so essentially means I will be able to sleep late all summer and barely break a sweat trying to juggle commitments over the next few months… that may sound ideal to most of you, but it’s not how I generally like to live my life.

So, to take up some of my time this summer and in general beef up my skill set, I have decided to audit an undergraduate linear algebra course at UTD. In other words, I’m going to take linear algebra just for fun. 🙂

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