Dad. Assistant City Manager. Surviving.

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… And 3.5 Inches of Snow Today

And today Lawrence got the snow. 3.5 inches to be sure. If I had finished my last final by dark, I would’ve been playing in the snow.

3.5 Inches of Snow Today

I’m finished with finals now! Fall semester at KU is finished, and I’m heading home for Christmas in the morning.

3 Degrees

3 Degrees

Seriously, 3 degrees is way too cold. This picture was taken very early this morning (don’t ask, it is finals week).

First Kansas Snow

This is the first snowfall I’ve experienced since I’ve moved to Kansas (there was snow on the ground when I got back from Thanksgiving). The storm report says we received 0.7 inches of snow, and there were 54 reported accidents in Douglas County with 5 minor injuries. The driving wasn’t bad (for me), but there was a bit of ice this evening in my parking lot and on some walkways. Now, surviving the rest of the winter will likely be much more difficult.

First ICMA Conference

Saturday morning (very early) I am heading with my MPA class to the International City/County Management Association’s Annual Conference. I’m really excited about meeting lots of fellow KUCIMATs and learning lots. This is my first professional conference of any kind, so this will be a new experience for me.

The Annual Conference is in Richmond, Virginia this year. You can follow the happenings on the ICMA 2008 Annual Conference blog (run on WordPress!).

Rainbow Over Lawrence

I snapped this Saturday night off of my porch, just after the rain stopped.  And after my crazy Friday evening spent avoiding a tornado at Cabela’s (that’s an experience).

My New Internship with Kansas City

Logo of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KansasToday is the first day of my internship with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.  I will be working in the Budget Office part-time while attending classes at the University of Kansas.

The Unified Government’s website is located here, and here is some more information on Kansas City, Kansas from Wikipedia.  The Budget Division’s website is here.

Part of the MPA program at KU is the focus on interships.  Students work a part-time internship for the calendar year in which they take classes, and then work a full-time internship for an additional year before earning a degree.

First Day of Master’s Classes

I finally made it out to Kansas and got moved into my new place.  I drove out last week with my parents and we moved in over the weekend.  Here’s a couple of photos, including one of my new Nissan Versa (hatchback):

My new Nissan Versa

I love this picture that my mom was able to snap while I was driving, Budweiser and the Gateway Arch:

Budweiser and St. Louis

And my official welcome to Kansas:

My real welcome to Kansas

My first class is this evening.  This class is on public budgeting.  I had orientation Monday and Tuesday, and I’ll be visiting the health center tomorrow morning for a cough I managed to get sometime during my hectic last three weeks.

This summer should be fun, and jam-packed.  Everything is a little unnerving, because I’m living alone for my first time ever (granted, I’m in an apartment building).  There have already been several severe Kansas storms, but every building out here has signs for where to go in case of a tornado, so I’m trying not to worry too much.

Becoming a Jayhawk

Finally I know where I will be after graduating in May from the University of Georgia.

I am going to be a University of Kansas Jayhawk!

Friday afternoon I was informed that I had been admitted to the Master’s of Public Administration program at the University of Kansas.

And I couldn’t have been more excited.

Four years ago, I wanted to go to law school. I made the decision to attend the University of Georgia for undergrad, knowing that I could have gone to “big name” schools. I decided to save money and attend an in-state school where I would receive free tuition (HOPE Scholarship). I would save money to go to the best graduate school (law, at the time) I could get into.

KU is known for its city management program, the field I wish to enter after graduate school.

So when I got into KU, the best school (by far) for city management, the decision was a no-brainer.

I’m proud to say I will be attending the University of Kansas, where I will start in June (the MPA program starts at the beginning of the summer). I am a nervous (and a little scared) about moving so far away from home (and so soon, the beginning of June), but I know I can survive.

Posting might be a little light around here for the next month or so (or maybe I will do the usual and post on here to procrastinate). I’ve got to finish classes at Georgia, take finals, graduate, get packed up, move to Lawrence, get settled in, and become a Jayhawk.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

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