Let Me Introduce Myself, I’m a Girl with a Plan
Some may recognize this bastardization of a great Who song. Just wanted to grab your attention, like the classic Pinball Wizard. My name is Lisa Diane Kastner and I’m a third semester student at Fairfield University. I’m currently sitting in the middle of the JFK airport, awaiting to board my flight to Shannon, Ireland with a residency destination of Galway.
The title of this entry is a bit appropriate. The reasons I chose Fairfield over many other programs (well known, top tier programs) was because of the low residency option, the phenomenal faculty, and the opportunity to travel abroad as a part of the program. So far I have not been let down by the low residency (I’ve been exhausted, overwhelmed, over joyed, and noted a significant improvement in my writing, but I have not been disappointed), nor have I been let down by the faculty. I’ve already worked with Karen Osborn, an award-winning, endearing, hard-working, amazing literary author who generously welcomed me to the program and worked with me through my first term. I’ve worked with the eclectic and awe-inspiring Jackie Mitchard who would not allow me to settle for good or even great. She will only allow excellence. For this I am forever indebted. For my third term, I eagerly anticipate working with the legendary Da Chen. His entrance into each residency at Fairfield is that of kings. His modesty and self-effacing manner only encourages the kudos.
And now my third wish, my third desire, my third reason for attending Fairfield University will come true – I will travel overseas as a part of my Fairfield experience. You see, I am a bit of a travel fanatic. When the opportunity arises for me to pick up my bags and head to realms unknown, I am there. Admittedly, I have been to Ireland, twice. Yet I have never been to Galway and all of my friends in Ireland say that it is a joyous experience. So, how could I give this up? (Let’s not mention how easy it is to hop to another destination like Paris, France or Amsterdam, Netherlands).
Over the next several days, I will provide my thoughts, feelings, and experiences during the Galway residency. I’m already eagerly anticipating reading the first official night. I’m torn as to whether I will read from the novel I’m polishing or from a fresh piece of narrative non-fiction. But before I worry about that, I think I have a plane to catch.