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Day 1.

Overall, successful. In the morning I was so nervous I was almost nauseated and as a consequence tried to bite the heads off everyone who looked at me wrong, let alone said something wrong. Just as I calmed down after chatting away to a very nice lady all the way to Phoenix, I was told "we are overbooked and don't have a seat for you" in Phoenix. I have to admit to being nasty and throwing a fit. Then I kept standing there looking at them with big, brown, tear-filled eyes as they were asking for volunteers. I did get my seat. Amazingly enough, my suitcase came to the same airport, at the same time as I. Taxi cost me $45 which is unpleasant, but not as much as I suspected it could be... The views are quite nice, with some mountains on the horizon, and the palms lining the streets. I love palms, and always have a mandatory foto of me hugging a palm tree whenever I go someplace they grow. The taxi driver was a man from Burkina Faso, who drives only on weekends, and now works on his masters in biology, and used to work for the UN. Interesting people one can encounter in the weird place called California... I do appreciate the climate, though. It has been months since I felt nice, warm sun on my skin... And I made it to the convention center to get my badge and sign up for interviews with Rutgers programs. I was so worried I won't get the spots, but I did, with everyone I wanted to interview with. Just one, with Tibotec, will be on Tuesday. It will be at 8am, so I should still be making my 12:45 flight. I hope so, otherwise I face overnighting in Phoenix... Anyway, now I am busy reviewing my knowledge about the programs and the questions I definitely want to ask... I have six interviews, at 8:30, 10, 11, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30. It's going to be intense...

I have to do well. I want to get into one of the positions, to streamline my career. If I do want to transfer to Europe within 10 years, I need to become a very valuable employee to do so...