For all you digital natives- this is Kenny Loggins in 1979, well before you were born, singing the song “This is It.” As I wrote my previous post about our virtual class, I found this song was going through my mind. Writing the post was the last thing on my “to do” list for graduate school- ever!
While I am elated to be finished with my Master’s degree, have the opportunity to sleep, exercise, get reacquainted with my husband, my children, and my friends that I hope remember me from 3 1/2 years ago, I also find myself a little sad. You see, I could also post another one of my favorite songs- “Time of my Life” and no, not the Black Eyed Peas version, but the Dirty Dancing version with nobody putting Baby in the corner! You see, there are many things that I have enjoyed about our Marymount adventure.
At the top of the list are the people! My cohort cohorts are the best! We’ve laughed, cried, commiserated, and supported each other through this entire process. I have looked forward to spending my weekends with you! I’ve enjoyed being “Mindy” not Alex or Brian’s mom, Greg’s wife, Mrs. Scott, etc. I’ve enjoyed getting to know everyone. It’s been a wild ride! I am hoping to maintain these relationships once our program is finished! I am not usually good at maintaining friendships if I don’t see people day-in-day-out~ so this will be a goal I will have to work at!
I have so enjoyed proving to myself that I could succeed at school. Back in high school, I did not succeed academically. Going to college was not an option in my family; however, I did not have a wide range of options to choose from because my SAT scores and grades were not stellular. My real joy at the time was cooking, and although I begged my parents to let me go to culinary school, they insisted on college. I guess everything works out the way it should, because I have discovered that teaching is my true passion and joy!
I have enjoyed learning for the first time in my life! Not the learning part, but the enjoyment part! I guess it is true that when you find what you are truly interested in, it does not feel like work to learn! Although I could have done without the deadlines! 😉
I’ve enjoyed blogging! I’ve always enjoyed creative writing. In fact, in digging up my ancient SAT scores for my MU application, I found that I listed “journalism” as a major choice back in 1984~ somewhere along the way the 80’s greed got hold of me and that switched to Marketing, but writing has always been a release for me. I hope to continue blogging in the future.
For the last two years, I have stared at a blank space on the wall in front of my desk at home. This space has been left blank on purpose. You see, when my diploma comes in the mail, it will be framed and hung in that space which has motivated me, mocked me, and waited for me to complete my Master’s degree. I needed that visual to keep me going as much as I needed my cohort cohorts!
So- This is It and I’ve Had the Time of My Life Reston cohort- godspeed and good luck!