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my house will contain 2/3 of the women in my class, and then some

July 28, 2010

I may have to change my blog title soon.  I am moving out of my basement apartment this weekend.  If I do it dramatically enough, maybe it’ll even count as breaking of out it.  Between that and the fact that none of the labs I work in are actually underground (downright shocking for a physicist, although some of them definitely don’t have windows and have to stay dark, so it’s almost the same thing), I can only claim to be in a metaphorical basement.  Tragedy.  And by tragedy, I mean this is not tragic in the least and is really awesome.

You see, I am moving into a house with four other women.  We are all grad students in physics or engineering.  With the dog thrown in, we’ll be able to say there are six females sharing a house (she isn’t working on a PhD, though).  Can I venture the guess that this house might turn out to be a wee bit crazy?  I’ve lived in a house with four guys before, but never four ladies, and never more than one actually without guys living there as well.  It’s definitely something new for me.

But, I’m looking forward to having a wider social world without having to leave my house.  Right now it’s all too easy to hole myself up here at home, only occasionally having a conversation with the roommate (and sometimes not interacting at all).  In a house with five of us, someone will nearly always be nearby, and chances are I’ll see a lot more of my other friends too just by being a bigger dot on the social map location-wise.  We’ll have to see how this pans out, but right now, it’s a very exciting prospect.

Oh, and did I also mention, I won’t be living in a basement, for the first time since moving to Colorado?  And that I’ll have the master bedroom?  And hardwood floors, an apricot tree in the backyard, and a real kitchen again?  Yesssssss!

[And just as a note, there are 6 women in my year in the physics program.  This is a huge number.  We make up roughly a sixth of our class.  Yes, I promise, that’s a big proportion.  The gender discrepancies in advanced science degree programs are worse than you thought, huh?]

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One comment

  1. Six? Wow. My year had two. And *that* was considered an improvement (though it came at the expense of having something like 45-50 of us in the entering class, which was also huge for the time).

    My ex-wife’s class (which was several years later) had two (but was smaller– I forget how big).

    It’s hard for my tiny mind to grasp a physics class w/6 women.



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