So close

April 6, 2013
I haven't really blogged about anything personal (guess I'm paranoid in that way), but decided to take the plunge here and talk about my life as a student for a little bit.  I'm currently enrolled full-time in a Master's program.  Before I could even start this program, I had to take a whole year of pre-requisites.  Since program only starts once a year, I had to cram in a lot of pre-req classes, usually taking two more classes in addition to what other students were taking.  Besides the extra classes, I was working part time, and had to do a crap load of field hours!  Once entering the Master's program (another 2 years), it was paper after after paper from there.  I don't mind a lot of hard work, but I've always lived by the philosophy, "Work hard, play hard."  However, for the past three years, I feel like I have just been doing all the work without the play, and I would be lying if I said it didn't take a toll on me.  It's hard to always have to tell your friends no, you can't hang out.  I've pulled all nighters and feel like I don't have adequate time to live a healthy lifestyle.  I try not to over do it on sweets and exercise on my elliptical sometimes, but I feel like there is a lot more I could be doing.  Cooking healthy meals and exercising are big time killers when you're so busy working and going to school!  Also, being a non-traditional student, it is also very difficult to see most of my friends financially stable with money to burn while I'm incurring tons of debt in student loans.  Not that I don't want my friends to be successful, but the idea of all this debt worries me especially because it's not like I'll be graduating with a Master's at age 24 like traditional students will be.  I can't help feeling "behind" where I "should" be.

There were times when I wanted to quit this program, and if I had the choice to do it all over again, no, I would not.  I stuck through it, and now I just have a few more big assignments to complete in order to be totally done!  This is ALL I have left, people!  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.


My final grades are to be submitted at the beginning of May, and then I'll be FREE!  I just can't wait to get a job in my field doing what I want to do, and to be able to work full-time again.  The other exciting aspect about this is that everything is up in the air for me right now--I feel like when I graduate, I can apply for a job anywhere that I want to and that there are lots of options for me.  I'm really considering moving to the Savannah or Charleston area.  During my time overseas, I made a lot of international friends, and I felt too ashamed to invite them over to where I'm living now.  I want to live in a place that I can feel proud of, where there are more things to do, and where there are friendlier people.  I also like the idea of mild winters and warmer weather.

Right now I'm off to complete the first task listed on my To-Do list, and then I'm off to work the night way, but I can't stress enough how good it feels to be wrapping things up and to be getting this done!
9 comments on "So close"
  1. I know how rough this program has been on you! Your almost there then it's sweet freedom :)

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  2. That's exciting! I'm in my first semester of my Masters, and I feel like quitting now. One class is driving me crazy.

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  3. @Autumn--Don't I know it! Pretty soon you will be the one in back in school!

    @Lisa--Yeah, I don't get how some people LOVE being students. I have some friends who are all, "Oh, I wish I could be a professional student!" Seven years of higher education is enough for me!! Good luck to you & I hope it gets better.

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  7. Oh man, I love Charleston! And I love your blog. I tagged you for a Liebster Award today! http://threecatsandalady.blogspot.com/2013/04/ive-been-nominated-for-liebster-award.html

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  8. Thank you for taking a peek into my blog and leaving a comment :)
    Following you on GFC & Blog lovin

    Congrats on the class! WOW your To Do list is no joke! Good luck with everything!

    I know how you feel about other people having a cute and nice place and feeling embarrassed of yours but we have to do what we have to do to survive! You start on the bottom but you won't stay there! You'll keep going! You have so much drive and going to school is HUGE! So keep doing you're thing!
    I used to live in a one bedroom basement apartment with my 3 kids and my husband. We wouldn't invite anyone over. Me and my husband were sleeping in a pullout bed in the living room. I'm happy to say that 6 years ago we got a cute house of our own! (3 bedroom and 1 bathroom) the kids love it! Girls have their own room and the boys have theirs! Me and my husband finally had privacy lol
    So keep working hard! You can do it!

    ~jenny
    http://ibdfm.blogspot.com

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  9. @Jenny--You are too sweet! Thanks for the encouragement,and I'm glad everything worked out for you and that you have a nice place to live in now.

    @Kendall--I'm so excited that you nominated me! Thanks a bunch!!

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