Saturday, April 2, 2011

Flyin' Solo and Ships of Scholarness

While I didn't mind living with housemates, I am kinda used to living alone. Heck, I was doing that for 5.5 years before I came out here. Sure, being that I was moving to a new place/continent/country, I do not think it was bad to be living with others. The house was friendly, but I felt on pins and needles afraid I was going to be confronted by a housemate about doing something that did not satisfy their definition of proper "housemate." Not to mention, I had a very tiny room (I do like quaintness) and the house was in an awesome location of Fitzroy (between Smith and Brunswick streets near Victoria Parade). Well, I finally found a 1 bedroom place to move to in Brunswick, not toooo far from Uni, but near the change-over from Royal Parade to Sydney Road. I have just left Heath, Paula, Zoe, Louie, and Rex. And have signed a lease (and just moved) to Brunswick.

On the other front, I was just awarded two scholarships! One covers tuition for my PhD. Well, it covers all starting since 2011 (so I get a refund for what I have paid this year, but no refund for the 1 semester last year). I'm not complaining! That is so exciting. Thanks to all who sent in scholarship recommendations for the Uni regarding me. The other scholarship was constructed by my advisors. This other scholarship covers some living expenses, a stipend. It is provided by NICTA. It is only for 18 months, but capable of being updated! This should not limit me if I want to come home. I do want to come home to do some research while also working.