Grad School = DONE! Time to Decompress.

I can’t believe it.

I can’t believe I accomplished everything I needed to do in order to graduate this December.

Back in the summer when I was writing a list of everything I had left, I seriously doubted my abilities.

Here’s a list of what I needed to accomplish by early December:

-Pass my two Fall graduate classes
-Finish up my masters thesis research
-Write my masters thesis
-Finish up my 140-hour practicum/internship
-Study for my comprehensive exam (an exam that covered 2.5 years worth of material)
-Take the 9-hour long comprehensive exam (ah!)
-Revise my masters thesis (x5… what a process!)
-Keep up with my classwork (papers, group project assignments, and readings galore)
-Write a review of my internship/practicum (35+ page paper, summary slideshow)
-Stay sane

Somehow, this all got finished.

And that’s on top of working fulltime, nursing Ryan back to health (from his surgery back in August), buying a house, moving, two trips (one 24 hour trip to Chicago to see Ryan accept a national PR award, and another 5 day trip to Minneapolis,MN for work).

As of Wednesday, I am completely done with my graduate school work.

I graduate next week (but I’m going to Chapel Hill to walk in May), and I could not be happier.

Working fulltime while going to school is a lot to have on one plate. This is one of my biggest accomplishments yet.

Now that life has slowed down some, I am excited to focus my enegery on things I want to do for pleasure. Like read books for fun! Watch TV shows! Pin all of the things! And wholeheartedly enjoy my nights and weekends.

On Wednesday, Ryan brought a bottle of Champagne home, knowing I had finished up all of my work that day. Perfection.

Twist my arm.

Twist my arm.

The past two nights I’ve come home from work and have not had any text books to crack open or any (school related) deadlines looming over my head. It feels SO GOOD and I am just so happy. I have my personal free-time back again. I feel like I can finally focus on me again.

The past few months I’ve really buckled down to get all of this work done. I can’t wait to hang out with my friends again without having to schedule things out way ahead of time, and unpack my house some more! I am ready to decompress.

And to kick things off, Ryan and I are headed to the airport tomorrow! He was asked to go on this trip a few weeks back, and somehow it worked out that I’m able to tag along (my birthday is on Monday and he was hoping to be able to celebrate with me).

What’s even more fun is that Ryan hasn’t told me yet where we are going. In fact, he told me he’s going to take me to the wrong gate at the airport to keep up the surprise-factor. Needless to say, I am SO excited! I don’t care where it is…I’m just going to relax, catch up on sleep, and explore.

Ryan’s been traveling a lot for work recently (he just got back from LA on Sunday…he was at the MLS cup, best job ever for a soccer fan) so I have a feeling it might be a bigger city. But who knows!

All I know is that I’m ready for some R&R.

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4 responses to “Grad School = DONE! Time to Decompress.

  1. Congrats once again on finishing grad school! Seriously, I don’t know how you did it, working full time and going to school– you are awesome! And seriously how fun does this trip sound. I’d love to be surprised like that!! Enjoy your trip and happy early birthday! I’m a december baby too!!

  2. Congrats on getting everything done!!! I know you guys must feel so accomplished! :)

  3. CONGRATULATIONS! Such an accomplishment-be proud of yourself. A very fun trip is coming your way–and as a complete surprise, even more exciting! You deserve it :)

  4. Pingback: Surprise of a Lifetime | Happy Tales

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