Well, I did it. I made it through the first day. After getting all my steps in and then some, I have time to reflect and think about the next 7 weeks. Tomorrow is the official start of our training, and it starts off early.
So far things are as good as I expected them to be. The city of Cambridge is bustling and moving with a diverse group of people. The RDs are excited and amped up about the program as we are, and the other Proctors are actual people, and not pictures and names on a GroupMe conversation.
Introductions are always awkward, and my awkwardness was on point today. Contrary to popular belief, I do not always like to talk, and this was one of those days. I am sure tomorrow will be another story, and we will be amped up and energized, but I do not expect my weird isolation tactics to disappear just yet. I came to the conclusion long ago that it truly does take me a while to feel comfortable with people. My theoretical background would blame it on some childhood experience (thanks Freud), but my practical self says that it is simply just me.
This next week will be an interesting one. I hope to make friendships, professional networks, and enjoy myself in this beautiful city. Enjoy the view from my room (I know right?!?!), and beautiful front of Dunster House, one of the many Harvard Houses that exist. Well, that is all for now. I will no doubt keep you updated, but for now I sleep.