I had to pack like crazy when we got home from our trip because by the time we made it back I had about 14 hours until we left the following day! I did my last load of laundry and played real life Tetris trying to fit as many things into as few boxes as possible.
I got teary eyed when my dad left for work and Buzz kept trying to sit on my lap to comfort me. Since I still had packing to do, he settled for sitting on my bed and staring at me.
We left for Milwaukee around 8am. My great aunt wanted to come along, which was great but made the already over packed car even tighter. We also stopped to get groceries, which took up space as well! If moving, I highly recommend waiting until after you're at the new location to stock up on food.
Outside Milwaukee we stopped at the same Perks that we did when I moved last year.
Moving in was very straight forward. Since I was one of the only people moving in on Tuesday there was no wait to get signed into the dorm and we managed to get all my belongings up into my room in one trip! University housing left cute welcome bags on the desks for each resident.
The view this year is amazing.
I spent the majority of the day unpacking and putting up our room lights. In the evening I chatted with the only other roommate moved into the suite and then watched some Friends before falling asleep. The following morning I had my very first training day at my new job! So far it seems pretty straightforward so hopefully I'll be able to manage it well once classes start. After work I took advantage of having a kitchen and made black bean and corn tacos with salad and wasabi almonds!
The next day I had work again as well. While walking through one of the several buildings I work in I came across this sign taped to a door!
Ryan had some job interviews on campus Thursday so we hung out for the evening. We wanted sandwiches for lunch so we walked to a Metro Market to pick up more ingredients. There are no grocery stores close enough that carrying the goods back home is comfortable! I had noodle arms by the end of our trip! The ethnic food isles at the Market have awesome light projections based on where the food is originally from.
Although laden with groceries, we stopped at Stone Creek Coffee before heading back because I really love coffee. I ordered a simple vanilla latte.
After eating we decided to walk around campus and find where all our classes were. While out, we came across this very interesting statue.
More scenes from around campus.
In the evening we headed down to the beach for a late night foot dip. The water was freezing so I barely got my toes wet, but Ryan was brave and went pretty far out!
We got some ice cream for a late night snack and watched the original Jurassic Park.
I could get use to these views.
I trained for work most of my first week here. Super work selfies in my lovely beige shirt.
One of my favorite breakfasts is cereal with trail mix. I bought a big bag of trail mix at the store and haven't even gotten through a quarter of it yet! Next time though I'll get one without chocolate because right now I have to pick them all out so they don't turn the almond milk funny colors!
Friday morning I had a very long work meeting. It definitely could have been conducted in a more engaging manner. The manager literally printed out a work manual and read it to us...for four hours...my favorite line from the manual is "I want you to act like you own the store. You have the power to say this banana has turned so I am going to pull it off the shelves. And you will be expected to do so."
Afterwards I went and explored the union and discovered that the guest of Pantherfest this year is Jason Derulo. I'm not familiar with any of his songs other than "Talk Dirty to Me" so hopefully the concert is entertaining! That night I went to Qdoba with my suitemate before retiring to rewatch Friends for the evening.
More fancy dorm tacos.
Good going Milwaukee! We made the list as one of the top research universities in the country this spring. I never realized how many research labs we had until this year. They now seem to be everywhere! The campus also recently build a super gorgeous research building (not the one below) that makes me feel slightly in awe whenever I pass it by.
I forgot how foggy it gets by the lake! My RA also posted some really cute door decorations to welcome everyone back to college and to help us remember which dorm is ours. My first day back there were no decorations yet and I couldn't figure out the lock on my door so I thought I was at the wrong door and was so confused! The doors are weird in that they are permanently locked from the outside so once you put the key in you have to twist and push, the handle never actually turns! It took me so long to realize this.
Additional dorm eats. I ate so well before classes started! I'll miss the wasabi almonds and deli meat once my stores run out. After actually getting back to college I don't think eating will be a stressful as I made it out to be over the summer. I spent so much time wondering and researching cheap recipes, but a lot of the ingredients in my favorite meals (tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and salads) really aren't that expensive to buy for a week at a time! Having a job is also going to help cover food expenses tremendously.
Some very interesting girl with no shoes walked into my workplace and handed me these laughing emoji sunglasses. So random! The soup of the day at work sounded great so I've been looking up recipes online for something similar. It was creamy gnocchi and kale. The last night before the remaining four girls moved into my suite I watched more Friends, did bodyweight workouts, and drank a latte drink from the baby shower prize!
Side Story: Always remember to listen to your body while exercising! While doing some bodyweight workouts a pain I felt in my left leg that I thought it was just muscle fatigue turned out to be a strain that I was making worse! After two and a half weeks my leg was still super tight and I couldn't extend it fully so I went to the doctor and it turns out I strained the tendons that attach my left calf muscle to the bone! I was prescribed a muscle relaxer and instructed not to do any direct leg work (including cardio) for an entire week! I'm still doing arm and ab workouts, but I was just starting to build up some endurance with running again so not doing direct cardio is making me a little crazy. Make sure the pain you feel while working out is progress pain, not ouchie pain!
Everyone else in my suite moved in on August 30th. It was a pretty crazy day and everything became messy and unorganized as people figured out where to put their things. We stocked up on so much toilet paper that we just made a tower of it in our bathroom!
I went out to lunch with a friend's family and then took a trip to the store to pick up some groceries. When evening came around most everyone still wanted to finish unpacking and organizing, so Ryan and I headed down to Belair Cantina for $2 Taco Tuesday! I missed this place over the summer.
Afterwards we took an evening walk to help work off the food and decided to stop by the fountain. It looks so magical at night!
That about sums up my first week back in Milwaukee! It's hard to believe I've already been back for two and a half weeks, but I adjusted quickly and everything about being back feels so normal already. The first week of classes went well and I'm pretty sure I can balance having a job on top of being a student. I've already been exposed to some wonderful opportunities that I hope to pursue and possibly share at a later time. Hope the starts of your Septembers are on a good note!
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!