Last fall I applied to the School of the Art Institute for the MFA program in Fiber and Materials. I did not get in. BUT, I was invited to take a semester as a Prior Degree student. They said it would make me a better candidate for Grad School, and they said they thought I had something to contribute to the community and vice versa.
Today was the first day of orientation. One of the other prior degree students found his way to me and introduced himself. He's there for photography, but he knows Marianne Fon's daughter Mary, and he's interested in quilting. AND he insisted we should put our arms around each other during the group picture. So that was very nice!
Then, a group of 20 of us gathered in the Sharp Building, for our official orientation. I DID make friends and people sat with me at lunch. (OK, we did all go back to the same room, but several of them waited for me and walked back to the auditorium with me. )
After several speakers, there was a vendor fare. I can join a health club for cheap and I got some free markers and a coupon for 30% off at Utrecht. I love coupons.
Here's a picture of my ID, you may have seen the picture before. It's my professional portrait. I"m going to use it, like Ann Landers, until I'm 80.