my first week

What a crazy week it’s been. I came back from vacation and landed in Boston just seven days ago (during a winter snow storm, of course). On Monday, I started at Microsoft Research New England and have been working my toosh off to get settled (battling network connections, apartment searching, etc.). I have to admit that I’m totally overwhelmed. I’ve interacted with more humans this week than I have in the last year. And I’m surrounded by brilliant people who do research that I don’t understand at all. So I’m on a crash course, trying to grok what my colleagues do and figure out how I fit in and how I can collaborate with them. But I’m totally up for the challenge, in part because I really really really like the people I work with and our conversations are totally inspiring. Even if they think that I’m an odd duck.

More writing coming soon. But first, settling in and finding my feet. Have I told you lately how awesome it is to not be working on my dissertation? OMG. So much relief.

I hope all of you are well!

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6 thoughts on “my first week

  1. Alan Wilensky

    I remember when I had my first day at the France Telecom R&D lab (just a lowly analyst under contract): I called my dad back east and said, “I don’t think I’m gonna last”, then I realized, they weren’t all that.

  2. bill

    Holy hell. I *love* the sound of how your life is going. Well, except the winter storm — I lived in Quincy, Mass, for a while. But the rest — reduces me to giggling and gibbering delight.

  3. Bryan

    Welcome to Boston, Danah. Looking forward to hearing what you’re up to while you’re here.

    Feel free to email for restaurant reviews or the best places for wi-fi. 🙂

  4. Paul

    hi Danah. Boston is lovely. Looking forward to more insightful posts from you, to share here with my friends + colleagues here in Ireland.

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