Becoming a Graduate Student

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.

Smiling can get you through anything
Just a photo of me and my good friend, graduate school ;).

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.

These wonderful people help us forge our own paths. Sometimes it gets sticky, but the view is worth the effort.
These wonderful people help us forge our own paths. Sometimes it gets sticky, but the view is worth the effort.

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.

Some of my lovely cohort. Allison was there too. These people keep me going :).
Some of my lovely cohort. Allison was there too. These people are amazing.