It is about time I give an update. This school year has been a weird one for me in general, but this semester especially gave me a run for my money. For so many big things to be happening and events to look forward to, I did not feel well for most of it. My health got in my way many times this semester, but I tried to push through as best I could. So, here is a recap of the high points.
The biggest event that took place was applying to grad school. I had mixed emotions going into this process. All the thoughts and feelings a person could have are the ones I was having. The thing I dreaded the most was taking the GRE, a standardized entrance exam for my program. My original test date was scheduled for October, but because I was just getting over one health issue, I postponed it to the day after Christmas. That was not my best idea in the world, but I did what I had to do. My hope was to score high enough the first time to avoid spending another $205 to take it again. Lucky for me, I scored what I needed to on my first try, and that monster of an exam is now behind me. The GRE was not as bad as I expected it would be; it was just the buildup of taking it and the pressures that accompanied it that got to me.
The next step of my application process was gathering documents for my portfolio. I chose carefully when deciding to include an academic resume. Ultimately, I thought it was best to include. I had asked three people to write letters of recommendation, and I had meticulously edited my letter of intent through multiple revisions. Since I applied through early admissions, I had to email my application portfolio to my professor. Hitting send on that email was a huge relief, and then the waiting game began.
I discovered I had been accepted into the grad program when I checked my email during a break between classes. It was a Thursday morning, and my friends were with me in the computer lab. I was beyond ecstatic, and knowing I did not have to worry anymore or search for other programs made me the happiest person.
Another fun thing that happened this semester was getting to work on a research project with a professor. Getting to do this type of research as an undergrad is not always an option, but I jumped at the opportunity after being asked to join the project. My friend, Yasmina, and I were paired up to read and collect data from numerous interviews from adults who stutter. I found it fascinating to read from their perspective and gain new insight about an avenue in my field. We just finished the first phase of this research project, and we hope to see it through to the end.
I think it is important to document these accomplishments when I can, not to brag, but to capture a moment in time. I am the first to admit that this semester was rocky, and I was not even sure if I was going to sink or swim, but I cannot deny the few highlights their glory. Even with everything that was going on and dealing with my health, I still managed to make Dean’s List rankings this semester. Life is too short to get hung up on the few low spots compared to the great things happening in life. Some days, I was a hot mess, but at least I can look back and appreciate the mess that I was.
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