How I got to Madtown

Since there are a few new readers to my blog who haven't seen me in a long while, I'm going to do a quick catch-up post here. And I mean quick, because in a couple hours, I'm leaving for a camping trip (baby's first!) and I have to finish packing the car. It's amazing how much crap you need to go camping.

Anyway, Stuart and I met my freshman year at Bethel College (tiny, but excellent liberal arts school in Kansas) and got together my sophomore year after much Drama. We started looking for graduate schools together, I in music and he in Neuro/Bio/Psychology. He is as smart as they come and was not only accepted, but wooed everywhere. Since I'm in music, a field with lots of students and little funding, my choices were more limited. It was down to UW-Madison or UT-Austin. Both of us liked the programs at UW better than in Texas, so we came here. After living here for a year, we got married (the wedding was in Kansas). Lots of Madisonians came here for grad school and stayed because it's such a nice place to live (good schools, tons of parks, a dozen farmers' markets, great bike trails, thriving music scene, etc etc). We're kind of like that, but we're not sure if we're going to be here permanently, as the job possibilities for me are very limited here.

Stuart got weary of rat research after 4 years and dropped out of grad school for a job in computers, which he likes. He works for a healthcare software company here. After two masters' degrees and half of a doctorate, I'm still languishing in grad school. I like the music department, and they like me. The baby was a happy surprise, so it'll take me a little longer to finish than I originally anticipated, but that's OK.

Hope that's enough catch-up for everyone. Daniel is waking up from his nap, so I better go.

Happy long weekend, all!


Jenn Hacker said…
Brave lady! Taking a baby camping! I can't even imagine me taking MYSELF camping, much less an infant. Kudos, Suze.

And thanks for the Saga o' Suze. I always like to hear how people got where they are.

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