It was a new chapter in my life, one journey had just ended and a new one was about to begin. I had just finished college with a degree in Computers and was starting grad school to earn my Masters in Computer Information Systems and Network Design.
I would be working for my MBA with an emphasis in the two areas mentioned. In addition, I had landed a marvelous ground floor opportunity as a Jr. Systems Programmer Analyst with the opportunity for fast track advancement in a booming multinational shipping company.
I was to leave the 3rd week in May and would start my job the second week of June with grad school beginning in early September. This would give me about 3 weeks to get settled in my new apartment and find my way around town before I started my new job and a while to rest up before hitting the books again.
I had always wanted to take a train cross country and to me, flying was overrated Since it was nearly a 700 mile trip(almost 14 hours by train) I decided to take the evening train so I would be able to sleep and arrive early the next day. The month leading up to my trip, I said my goodbyes to all my friends and that day, my parents, along with my best friends took me out to lunch and I spent the rest of the day getting ready for my trip. (more…)