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Thursday, October 29, 2009

What He Said

A CLASSMATE OF MINE told me today that he feels like he will be pretty much finished with his degree after he completes a particular class this semester. I find it fascinating, partly because I understand where he is coming from, and partly because I don't!

I mean, dude, we have another semester after this one and then we will be finished. Yet, he makes a great point because the class he is referring to requires quite a bit of work and a final presentation that is the culmination of 15 weeks of research and working with a client. When it's all said and done, we will have written a paper, compiled data, created a poster, and made a presentation.

Which brings me to my next thought: We all get through it in our own way. Graduate school is not for the faint-hearted or the slacker. There is work to be done and internships to be completed. And just when you think you have jumped over the last hurdle, another one comes into view.

For my friend, getting finished with this particular class will bring him some relief. As for me, I get my relief in fits and starts. It's all good. I can do it. I've done it so far and I have to believe I can make it to the end.

And the end will be the beginning....

Ms. T. J.


  1. I take it one semester at a time and celebrate the end of each.  Quite a few of my classmates today pointed out we have 4 more classes this semester and are done.  It's good to check off each semester as an accomplishment!

  2. So true, Amy Rose, so true!  Due to a conference and Thanksgiving holiday, we only have three (3) more weeks of classes. That sounds really do-able! Thanks for the reminder to celebrate each completed semester.