This morning was the first of two orientations in my new department. This one was a small meet and greet with the graduate coordinator Dr. Terzian, but it was really emphasized that the department wants the on-campus Ph.D. students to be a community of scholars, a pleasant change from my old department. My old department was also in favor of the community of scholars feel, but did little to cultivate it. It was also emphasized that after the breadth of the first few years of graduate school, we need to come up with a question that is "original, important, and answerable", resulting in a narrowing of focus marking the beginning of the dissertation phase. Again, this is not a new realization or unexpected, but the department's forthrightness and attention they (hopefully continue to) give students is welcome.