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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Last Day of Classes!

I HAVE BEGUN several posts this week and fatigue would hit me half-way through, and I'd stop writing. There are unfinished drafts about my last day at field practicum (Wednesday), when I finished my last presentation for today, and all the feelings that I was having during this week.

Even if this post makes no sense at all, I am going to finish it! I am operating on very little sleep (four hours to be exact!).

Today was our last day of classes. No more pencils, no more books... I don't think it has sunk in. I've had several surges of joy, and yet the reality of all of this is just not tangible at this moment.

I have one final exam on Thursday, and I plan to complete all my field journals by then, too. We have a field instructor's luncheon on campus that day, and I'll be taking the test, and handing in my final journals after the event.

I am really tired so I am going to quit typing. It was important to jot this down on the day it happened!

Ms. T. J.


  1. You went into this thrill ride with eyes wide open, filled with expectations and, yet, not really knowing what awaited you.

    What you got was an "A" ticket loopty-loop of joy and frustration, accomplishment and boundless challenges -- and a set of experiences and knowledge that are the secrets to your reinvention, your bold new life.

    But look, as you stumble back onto the boarding platform, this ride behind you, another exciting roller coaster filled with even more mystery awaits. I can't think of anyone who is more up to the rigors, or anyone I'd rather be hanging onto, as we careen through the inverted loops -- knowing we'll emerge smarter, braver and stronger.

    Congratulations TJ -- your course work, your internship, your blog have been an inspiration to more than you'll ever know...and a comfort to many others who are just having their tickets punched.

    With love and admiration,


  2. I couldn't have said it better or more eloquently than Tim. Congratulations T.J.! I'm so excited for you!