Hello from the Grad School Side…

Ah, hello blogosphere! It’s been a while.

Since my last post six months ago, I’ve moved to a bigger room in my house, gotten a[nother]new housemate (the fourth in the course of the year…hoping the current peeps stick around for a bit ’cause house mate searching is stressful), said goodbye to my first fourth grade class as an assistant teacher, spent a lot of summer time at the pool, wrote 8,000+ words in what I hope will become a novel (and logged many hours at local coffee shops in the process), said hello to my second group of fourth graders as an assistant teacher, and started grad school. I also got to celebrate my grandparent’s 60th anniversary over Labor Day weekend in September in Iowa with my mom’s side of the family. It was incredibly special, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to travel across the country to spend time with my family during such a momentous occasion. It’s all been very good, and I’m very happy where I’m at right now, but it’s also been a challenge. Learning to balance working full time with school and school work has been a learning curve. 

I’m in a two year elementary education and licensure program, and this year is what I like to think of as my “chill” year.  I have six credits across two classes each semester. Each class meets once a week, so that’s two evenings a week that I spend in class after work. They’re long days, but also satisfying. I know I’m in the right profession, because I actually get excited about my homework. I don’t always want to do it, but I usually enjoy it once I get into it. While my life certainly isn’t chill between working full time and taking six grad school credits, I know next year will be way busier when I transition to becoming a full time student. I’ll have to quit my full time job to focus on internships, and I’ll have classes four nights a week in the fall. 

I continue to rely on yoga to keep me sane, and I work to find joy in the little things. My mom came to visit me a few weeks ago, which was a much needed break from school and work. I’m coming to the close of my first semester of grad school and have a research paper and a couple other assignments to finish up. Thanksgiving will be spent in DC so I can focus on school, but I’m looking forward to my one month break between semesters and my two week break from work over the holidays. I’ll be heading to Minnesota to spend some much needed time with family and friends in the frigid North, along with a healthy dose of relaxation. And Christmas cookies. Definitely Christmas cookies. 

Now, I should probably get back to that research paper I need to get done by mid-December. Wish me luck as I finish up this semester!

 

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When Dad gives you the bunny ears in your ohfercute brother-sister pic–Iowa, September

 

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