Next step would be to track down my PhD-relevant books from various people who have borrowed the books while they lay dormant. Hey, y'all... I want them books back!
I am still unsure about which research area to focus on (I have two in mind) but what I am VERY sure about is that I MUST choose my supervisor carefully. To me, that is way more important than the university. After all, it is the experience and research I'm going after, not the name of the university.