I've left Cornell University. I was simply bored of the grind of academic work, and did not see the good in throwing more money at Cornell to continue said boredom. It doesn't bother me at all that I didn't finish my degree, nor do I bear any ill will toward Cornell - this probably would have happened anywhere.
So what's next? Well, in the short term, back to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for some phone answering and some security data system updating. Today it's the former. I'm doing this to make some money and keep myself occupied until the middle of May, when the next phase of my life begins - active service in the United States Navy. After the two months of Basic Training in Illinois, I'll be off to South Carolina and the Nuclear Power Program. The total commitment is for six years (two in school and the four out somewhere). The $17,000 signing bonus was an excellent touch as well. Not only can I defer payment on my student loans, I'll be able to pay them off lock, stock and barrel once I have the entire bonus in hand.
I was in Ithaca this weekend to remove the last of my things from my house. Other than the parking lot that was the Cross Bronx Expressway, it was a good trip all the way around. I barely made it to Lynah Rink in time for the opening faceoff of Friday night's hockey game, which was probably the last home game I'll see for a long time. The Big Red made it memorable by defeating Clarkson 3-0. It's the fifth shutout this year for the hockey team, who is now 16-3 (11-1 in the ECAC). I am sad that I won't be able to follow the team in person in what has the potential to be one of the best seasons in the last few decades, but hey, that's the way things go sometimes.