Friday, August 27, 2010

Back to School

My first day of school - 1986

This week, after having a quick break, I started my last year of school. I say that now, but then my mind starts talking all crazy and brings up things like Masters degrees. We'll see where that leads. I am more than excited to finally be finishing what I started 12 years ago. Yeah, I could have been a doctor by now. Instead, I'm working at a med school. Hmm, interesting how life turns out.

Besides being excited, I have to admit it's a little scary. It takes a way any excuse I may have about not being qualified when looking for a job I love. Does that make sense? I can't say, "oh I'll apply at that really awesome dream job with great pay/benefits/people after I finish school." Cause "after" will be here in May. Then, there's the whole what-will-I-do-with-all-my-free-time bit because I'm learning I enjoy life most when I'm overly busy. There's something to be said for finding a balance, I suppose.

On an upbeat note, I think I'm going to love my new classes. Easy to say the first week of classes, but still. There's something about the way I am challenged in a liberal college that excites me. It reminds me why I believe the way I do, strengthens my resolve and helps me communicate better with others. It's healthy, I think.

Regardless of what's next, I'm excited for today. You know how some people have a family motto when their kids go to school. Well, after a minor freak out this weekend about the fact my next birthday is the big 3-0, I decided my new motto is "go big, or go home." Ultimately, I'm just happy to see how that plays out -- when I get my degree and while I'm in the process.