As my first full week and very short "weekend" draws to a close, I am kind of dreading doing it all over again. Am I a weanie, or what?
Although I was in grad school all of last year, this semester kicks off a chapter in a book that seems tough to comprehend.
I know that worrying is not healthy for me. Yet I am worried. I wonder when I'll do my class work. When will I find time to study? Last year I could steal away during my lunch hours and after I had dinner with my husband. This semester I will be eating at my desk at the magazine -- both lunch and dinner, and I'll be getting home some nights after 9 p.m.
What I know, deep in my soul, is that I can do this. That doesn't mean it's going to be easy. And I can't do it perfectly. But I can do it.
I need to say that I have had some amazing moments in the field. I've sat in on therapy with two young children; I've written narrative summaries and "audited" charts; I've managed to be on time for everything which may be the biggest miracle of all! And, all of this while under the watchful, helpful eyes of my field instructor, a woman nearly 15 years younger than me whom I already respect tremendously.
I am so touched by the comments I am getting on this blog. Imagine you thanking me for blogging! I thank you for allowing me to rant and rave while I ride the roller coaster of graduate school. Your comments this past week have served as a buoy for my spirit when it felt like it was sinking.
I will watch for them in the coming week.
--Ms. T. J.
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