Reflections and Expectations: Squared Away

San Diego

San Diego, from the Cabrillo National Monument

Greetings, friends.

Thanks for stopping by once again. If you’re new, welcome. Every month, I list some of my highlights and accomplishments from the month that is coming to a close and preview what I can expect for the month ahead. It’s all part of my long-running Reflections and Expectations series, inspired by Jessica Lawlor’s Monthly Check-In series. Feel free to adopt this format into your own blog. Let me and Jessica know what you’re up to.

Let’s look back at the month that was and look ahead to the month of June in this latest edition of Reflections and Expectations.


Grad school – My first semester in graduate school at San Jose State University ended this week.

While I await the grade of the class I just finished, it seems likely that I finished my first semester with high marks. I received an A in the first class I took this semester and I am hoping for the same for the second one I just finished.

If all goes well, eight classes and two years left until I get that Master of Science in Transportation Management degree, administered by the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

Memorial Day weekend – I spent the Memorial Day weekend with my family in San Diego, the first time I’ve ever had any plans for this holiday weekend in particular. Always a joy to spend as much time with them as possible. It’s a beautiful place to be in and a great group of people to be around.

Voting – Primary election day is coming up June 3 in California. I already submitted my vote-by-mail ballot a few weeks ago. It’s one reason I’m glad to be back in this state. Pennsylvania — where I lived last year — and other states should allow that option for all voters, not just people with special needs or circumstances. It’ll encourage more people to vote that way instead of making people wait in lines. Just a thought.


  • Nebraska and Colorado – This coming week, I’ll be off to Nebraska to visit some friends in the two major cities in the state, followed by a trip to Denver for my final few nights. I’ve never ventured into the Midwest and the Rockies before. Like most trips, this will all be new to me.
  • GMAT – I’m taking the exam June 28 in order to be formally admitted into the master’s degree program at SJSU. I’ll have all of June to gear up for the most important and challenging exam ever.

How did May go for you? What are your expectations for June and the summer ahead? Share your thoughts below. I would love to hear from you.



2 thoughts on “Reflections and Expectations: Squared Away

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  2. Congrats on finishing your first semester of grad school! How awesome. And yay for fun travel this month!

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