Had my last final of the first semester of grad school today! Looking back I’ve learned a lot… That I will try to remember next semester.
1- Study. When in doubt, just interact with the material… Even if it seems weird to start reviewing after the first class.
2- Don’t worry when you feel like you are studying more or less than your classmates. We all learn in different ways.
3- Embrace new ways to learn. I never thought making mind maps (like I learned in mental health in undergrad) would actually pay off… Big time. I’m also not above drawing stick figures!
4- Take some time for yourself. This turned out to be running and pedicures. It feels good to take care of yourself.
5- Never underestimate the power of a good laugh… Or cry! Letting my emotions out safely during “How I met your mother” or any (I mean any…) Hallmark commercial!
6- Study group. Make sure you attract the smartest. Bribe them with cookies 😉
7- Fido. Find your happy place that gets you in the groove. Fido here in Nashville puts my hippocampus in overdrive!
8- Appreciate home. I have a countdown. Sometimes it’s the little rewards!
9- Cheer on your classmates. Some students can be competitive. Maintain a friendship with all, you never know when you need a consult!
10- Stick with your friends. At home, at school, at church… Without all of my wonderful people, I would be knee deep in a puddle of boxed wine and looking for a straight jacket!
Thanks for being on this journey with me!
Here’s a photo of my last Pre-final study session. On the road home tomorrow!