This past Friday, I got this done! I’m still in a dream state that I’ve finally done this. Really the marathon analogy is pretty accurate about grad school from what my friends and family tell me about marathons. You just have to keep moving on and moving forward. Time management, study skills, sacrifice, determination, and sharp focus are all things one needs to complete this.
And good news I get to transfer to a new position with the new year.
and I will have completed this goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m super-charged excited about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just have a few more things to do for assignments and I am possibly done with homework for ever…at least at the master’s level…still leaning toward a doctorate degree, but we’ll see.
Away is graduation. I’ll have 66 semester hours of classes behind me and I’ll hopefully be looking at a new exciting job in the new year! If I can just keep afloat in this turbulent river of adventure this semester I will do so well. So far I’m doing much better with time management this semester. Miss being on here with you all, but Todd has been right…sacrifices have to be made for things such as this goal.
I got an A in my child counseling class and an A in my first practicum class. Relaxing and not thinking about school for a few days then planning will begin for the second practicum class and full steam ahead for Fall 2011 semester. Then Dec 16 I should be able to add a M.S. to my name! Is it crazy for a 34 year old to be this excited Guess not because this is the longest standing goal I have on 43T.
Well, I got my results back, are ya’ll ready?
Drum roll, please…
The lady who called said I “passed with flying colors.” To say I am excited, ecstatic, or elated is kind of way too understated to describe how I feel. I am basking in joy knowing that this degree will be mine by the end of the year…THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND!!!
Of my Christian values, the most important is not putting myself above others and being a good steward of my faith to others. People have recently been telling me that I am doing this and they see it. Huge boost of confidence when I know things are going the way I attempt for them to go.
Of my ACA (American Counselor Association) values, I think the not doing harm to anyone and respect for a variety of people/backgrounds makes me feel good.
Okay, people have told me this for years, but I didn’t believe them about it. I finally feel like I have a little more than I originally thought, and it’s been helping me in several areas. So for those of you out there that have told me that I am intelligent and you’ve perceived that I haven’t really believed you…it’s probably the case…so I apologize and now think that I am “fairly intelligent”...not MENSA material, but definitely have a decent amount of it.
were this morning. I’ll have one more chance to take them if I did not pass them today before when I plan to graduate. I don’t feel like I completely bombed them, but I don’t feel super good about the test, either. They said that it’d be about 2-3 weeks before I’d find out, too. I HATE waiting for results, but I guess I have no choice. I’m so nervous about this!!! I hope to report positive things to ya’ll in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, pray for my patience. LOL
I did get moved into a one-bedroom apartment. I hate it though, because it’s a basement apartment and in a moderate state of disrepair. However it was all I could find. Well, there is a two-bedroom available and I’m supposed to be moving to it Sunday. Then I may have to move again at the end of the year or beginning of next year because I’m not sure if I’ll get to stay on at my office after I get my degree.
- Read chapter 3 in Assessment 2 book.
- Read chapter 2 in Theories book.
- Read chapter 3 in Theories book.
- Read chapter 4 in Theories book.
- Read chapter 5 in Theories book.
- Take notes on chapter 2 in Theories.
- Take notes on chapter 3 in Theories.
- Take notes on chapter 4 in Theories.
- Take notes on chapter 5 in Theories.
- Read chapter 5 in Research.
- Read chapter 6 in Research.
- Begin research for Theories term paper.
PLEASE encourage me! I really want to get all this done by the end of tomorrow so I can go to church and a Super Bowl party Sunday.
So, I’ve got a deadline of April 15 to find a place, pack, and move. This is on top of my battling an (almost) 4 month long sinus infection and having an extremely challenging semester at school.
I am not looking forward to it as I’ve been off for almost 6 weeks. I’ve gotten very used to not doing academics. I’m going to keep you all updated about how I’m doing, because I’m going to need the awesome encouragement of 43ters. My nyr is to not get behind in my studies, so I think I need to go public with my studies, so please help as you are able this semester, especially. 9 hours of coursework and a full-time job is not easy. I really miss my interaction here, and think I need to be more active than I have been.
Assessment I: B
Life Cycle Development: A
Theories of Personality: A
Cumulative GPA: 3.80
Five classes, three semesters, and one year left to do this!!! I have not seen where they’ve released grades yet, so I’ll have to report on that later. I will take Theories of Counseling, Assessment 2, and Research in the spring semester. Thankfully for me I get a five or six week break between semesters. Then it’ll all be downhill from the summer on. I will be doing one class in the summer and fall. Then hopefully I will pass comps and the National Counselor Exam and graduate around this time next year. I am so ready to be done with this degree!!!
- Research for group paper/presentation/debate.
- Contribution/writing group paper/presentation/debate.
- Study for quizzes.
- Finish individual presentation handout.
- Write journal entries.
54 weeks to go in graduate school, approximately…can’t lose focus now, even though it’d be VERY easy to do right now. :-/
43. Endoplasmic reticulum
I am on vacation right now in the Jackson, Mississippi area. I came because my friend told me I wasn’t experiencing life like I wanted to. He was right. I’ve been alone this whole time and doing everything I want to. I think this has been the most emotional day of my entire life that I can remember in the way of clarity and happiness. I got here last night, and checked into my one bedroom suite. Wanted to get some groceries to cook a wonderful meal, but just didn’t have the energy to. I found a KFC and picked up a chicken pot pie and a biscuit. I took it back to my place and ate at my little dining room table/office desk. I have a friend who is one of the local news station on-air talent, so I hopped in the shower and got ready for bed and laid in bed and watched him. It was so good to see him through the tv after almost ten years. I got a decent night’s sleep, and woke up this morning excited to be in my old hometown as a tourist. I got up and got ready to go to breakfast in the lobby. I took my time, put on makeup, gave myself a pedicure. I ate a good breakfast of granola topped yogurt, scrambled eggs, sausage patty, and apple juice. Then, it was off to the museum where I spent three hours learning about my state’s governmental history. It has a hall of fame exhibit on the third floor, and I saw where there were a lot of unexpected backgrounds that formed our state’s govermental heritage. While I have no desire for politics, I have had doubts about my ability to succeed in life. I learned not everyone has to be a doctor or lawyer to make a contribution of significance. This has encouraged me greatly. From the museum, I went for a 90 minute massage, and was educated about the reiki philosophy of energy. This brought a flood of emotion to the surface and provided much needed physical contact of nurturing touch. I obtained energy and relaxation at the same time. After the massage I went to see the movie Eat Pray Love and I totally learned so much from the journey of the main character played by Julia Roberts. It’s strange how the parallels of her quest for self discovery and mine crossed paths while I watched. I have a new favorite movie! Then, I went to a high end restaurant and had suppoli, grilled stuffed free range chicken, crispy hair coverts, truffle infused polenta, and pots de creme for dinner/lunch. Now I am back at the suite and have been writing, another love of mine, for about an hour. I think I have found some confidence that I am worth something, and that I have a definite purpose in this world. Therefore I believe this goal can be marked accomplished.
I spent from about 9:30 am to about 12:30 pm touring the museum. I am so glad that I got to do it, too!
And it will be this semester that completes 75% of this goal!!!! Yay!!!!