I was lucky in the sense that my program at Purdue included my masters so I was able to stay with the same institution from MS to PhD. This did not stop me from moving NINE times between opening my acceptance letter and starting my postdoc. That's right. In seven years I moved NINE times. Thankfully most of my moves were relatively short distances but I did move from Ohio to Indiana, Indiana to Ohio, and Ohio to Delaware. Two of the three of my bug moves involved moving to places where I had little to no social networks.
I am exhausted even typing that. I am fresh from my last move in August and thinking about my next move already (I'll move at least once more after my postdoc contract ends). This post is a list of ways to survive and maybe(?) thrive while moving to a new place.
Congratulations! You've been offered a position somewhere. You vaguely know where it is on a map (unless you're like me who did not fully appreciate how far south Delaware was). You've decided to accept. Now what?
THINGS I TRIED THAT WORKED:
This list is my new standard practices for moving to a place for work. It is easy to throw yourself into work when work is the only thing you know about a place. If you want to protect yourself from burnout, make settling in a part of your schedule.
THINGS I TRIED THAT DIDN'T WORK FOR ME:
THINGS I TRIED THAT WOULDN'T HAVE WORKED FOR ANYONE: