Thanks for the message. Not knowing someone is okay. I think the people I don't know is now down to 799,999,9800,000, counting you. Earth, eh?
Yes, as you saw, I am a graduate student in English, specializing in literature. I teach first-year students, and I must mention that I had a student from Chicago write a rather insightful paper about the cutlural differences between the Windy City and Tucson. Chicago is more midwestern (I'm from Iowa) and people are friendlier. Here in Tucson, things have been a big adjustment for my wife and I. We don't have close friends as of yet, and my wife is frustrated by the lack of jobs that match her qualifications/education level. I expected the social life to happen easier, but that may be a young-couple thing.
But you would maybe have the exact opposite happen to you. But I must caution you that people won't strike up conversations in the grocery, for example. If you're planning on being a graduate student, it may be hard to have friends outside of that group, depending on how you develop a social life.
As for the University, I absolutely love it. But I may just have new-graduate student greenness/glow. I love teaching, and hope to find an area of literature that I can really sink deep into with a faculty mentor. It would be good to have buddies, though, but that is a simple fact of moving to a new place where I/we know no one.
So, I may have told you some things that you knew already. But it's been fun writing to you. Hope you end up getting the chance to read this.
> Hi Adam,
> I know you don't know me, but I figured that I might
> as well try and use this Friendster thing for
> something useful....
> I am seriously considering moving out to Tucson
> and getting a Masters degree at UofA. I'm from
> New York, live in Chicago, and know basically no
> one in Tucson.
> I was wondering if you had any advice - if its easy
> to meet people - if its worth moving out to the
> desert, etc.
> The reason I'm considering Tucson is that my
> family vacations at a ranch there every year (which
> I realize is much different from living there), and I
> really just love it out there.
> Thanks so much!