Last year during finals week, I finished watching Lost. This finals week has resulted in me sleeping way more than I should, being anti-social with my residents (oops), and a general lack of giving a crap. Not good. Needless to say, I am more than ready for break to begin. I think I was ready whenever I got back from Thanksgiving break.
I've been talking to quite a few people about grad schools lately. Most recently, I talked to my former residence hall director who has since moved on to a different position at a different university. She asked me to tell her what I thought the things that either I think are good about it or what I think it'll be like. Yay Facebook chat (when it works, that is).
I said, "Well, I've realized I really like working with the students, which is why I want to focus on res life (or possibly career counseling on the higher ed level or admissions), the interactions and helping students really learn about themselves and achieving what they are really interested in just makes me happy that somehow, I've been a part of that process." True story. I love this stuff. Sometimes, my job seems like a thankless environment. But then there are those days where my residents really do appreciate what I do, and it means the world to me.
|Yes, Kip, my mom *does* go to college.|
A few minutes ago, I was talking to a friend who is a former CA (same thing as an RA, but different title) from my school about how I want to go somewhere new for grad school. I've lived in the same county for 21 years... my whole life. I go to school half an hour from home. My mom attends the same school (she's a second year grad student this year). My mom is amazing. And, yes, I realize how biased that is.
As we were chatting, he said something that perfectly sums up how I'm feeling about grad school, moving on, dealing with change, etc.:
"I'm scared of change but get bored with the current, odd eh?"
I immediately connected with these words. I'm looking at grad schools that range in distance from 2 hours from home to 14 to on the other side of the country. I suppose now it's time that I focus on what's really important to me, and everything else will fall into place. Only time will tell... And I'm excited to see what's going to happen next.