Moving to Chicago to continue my education at ICO is probably one of the biggest changes I have made so far. Moving over 900 miles away from the place I’ve called home for 22 years is one for the books. Thinking about it is kind of scary and daunting, but also exciting! This will be my first time moving out of state and my first time living in a dorm complex. I was a commuter student during my undergraduate years, so this will be a nice change of scenery.
The transition to Chicago so far has been a smooth process. Since I will be living in the RC, I didn’t have to stress out about finding a place to live. I can only imagine the time and effort to find a place to live in Chicago, especially when I wasn’t too familiar with the area.
The RC is conveniently located across the street from the school’s entrance. ICO staff have also made the transition easier by keeping us updated with the things we need to complete and turn in (transcripts, vaccinations, etc.) before we start school in August. I am learning more about how to manage my financials with the help of the financial aid office so I know what to expect by the time I graduate. My parents have also been very supportive of me and have been helpful in preparing things I would need to live in the RC.
I continually have a lot of questions about my future at ICO that I find myself emailing someone at least once a week. Remember, you are not alone if you’re asking the same questions as me. There will always be someone to answer your questions without hesitation. All you have to do is ask! I have asked questions like, “How much will I actually spend on equipment during my first year?” to “What is CAP?” I’m still trying to fully grasp my head around that one, but I know I will learn more about it when the time comes.
Other than preparing for the big move up north, I’m enjoying my time down here in Texas. I live very close to downtown Fort Worth, so I call Fort Worth my home. The best part about living here is I get to experience TWO cities; Dallas is also in the area. Being surrounded by two large cities calls for endless adventures. Pictured below are some of the places in Fort Worth and Dallas that I enjoy venturing at:
As much as I enjoy the comfort of home, I’m excited to begin a new chapter in Chicago!