Graduate school is funny. A week ago I wrote a post about how I was finally starting to feel like I had a handle on things as a graduate student. Good thing I didn’t publish it yet because that feeling didn’t last long. Some days I feel like I have everything together and other days I struggle.
This is probably why we surround ourselves with mentors and others who have been through this crazy period called “graduate school.” They’re there to help support us through this awkward phase and transition us to become researchers, professionals, and someday, experts. They remind us that being a graduate student isn’t forever. They’re the inspiration that one day we will finish and move on to other paths.
Although I have days where I feel like things are crumbling, I also have those days where I’m on top of the world. They say that’s normal. As I enter my 3rd year of graduate school, I notice how different I feel from when I first entered. I’ve grown in the past couple years and accumulated experiences that will help me move forward. I just have to keep trucking along and sometimes this means taking it one day at a time. They say that’s normal too.