After two years of living in the ‘real world’ post an undergraduate degree, I’m back in the classroom again. For the next three years, school will be my main priority– something that is totally foreign to me. As a freshman in college, I didn’t have the typical go-away to school experience; I never lived away from home, and was able to keep a full time job after which I commuted to classes at night. Now that I’ve decided which professional career to pursue, I’m living 8 hours away from the City in a college town, am surrounded by mostly undergraduate students, and will eat, sleep and breathe Speech Pathology. Yup, Speech Language Pathology (also filed under Communicative Disorders) is my field of choice after much deliberation. I’ve signed on for a 1- year accelerated Certificate Course to catch up on my pre-requisites before I can apply to a Master’s program. What is accelerated? By next summer I will have completed 31 credits, which breaks down into 15 credits this semester and 16 in the Spring. Not to mention that I have to study and take the GRE in a couple of months so that I can apply to Grad schools by February of 2012.
So I’m a sorta grad student. I’m in that awkward transition between undergrad and graduate studies and most of the time I don’t want to explain all that to people. I try to say I’m a post-bac (post baccalaurate) but sometimes that flies over people’s heads. I imagine that eventually I will start calling myself a grad student– this great priviledge, a journey that so many people long to get to but are held back by so many factors including children, funds, time, work, and fear. I thank God that I’m free from such major responsibilities. Lord knows I have a hard time focusing on one thing at a time.
I don’t know realistically how much time I’ll have to dedicate to my love child, this little peice on cyber earth known as Globe Tracer, but I am still very much interested in documenting this time in my life. My time of bouncing from province to province in Costa Rica is over. Now it’s time to secure my traveling future with some career security. No doubt, my content over the next couple of months will change to reflect these major life changes but I hope that you’ll still be able to relate/laugh/shake your head and give me advice whenever I need it! Stay tuned, my loyal followers.
14 thoughts on “I’m a Sorta Grad Student”
Congrats mamita! You are going to love grad school. You only get to study the things you are interested in, so what’s not to like! Get those pre-recs done and get on with it. You are going to be a great speech pathologist.
Good for you! That’s fantastic, do what you have to so you can do what you want to.
Some days it’s fantastic, others it’s overwhelming, typical roller-coaster emotions. I am thankful though!
I’m glad you decided on a path! So, I was totally dead-set on during Nursing, but now I don’t have any interest in it. I just don’t want to go. I even found myself hoping I didn’t get accepted into the Nursing program so that I didn’t have to go. That’s not a way to think about your school future! So, now I’m trying to decide between getting my MBA or MPA or becoming a teacher or being a school psychologist. So many options and I’m just as confused as ever!
Apparently confusion and adulthood go hand in hand. What changed your mind about nursing? Something you saw or something you just feel? I am trying not to base all my decisions on feelings…
Thanks for stopping by JB!
good luck!!! i totally know what your going thru (as i am currently doing kinda the same thing) hope all works out well for you!!!
Thanks so much, it’s a relief to know I’m not in the boat alone. It’s hard being totally 100% sure, there’s risk in everything! But I will keep pressing!
Even the smallest step forward is a step in the right direction! Happy to hear you are on to the next phase in your life! Best wishes. 🙂
At my school, we call those who are on the 3-year track… “with other backgrounds” or “WOBS” said /wɔbz/ 🙂 I hope you are enjoying it!
Gasp! I am almost at the end of the road and have met some wonderful students, observed some young and inspiring clinicians, interesting professors and have been FUELED to keep pushing. I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m building resistance. Thanks so much for stopping by!
I’m just reading this Tracita! Your in my prayers and YOU can do all things through ChRIST that strengthens YOU :0) *Zabrina*
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