Classes are almost complete!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013
This is the last week of classes for the spring semester at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. That means, my needed courses for earning a PhD are almost complete! I truly cannot believe it. Time flies and while I have a long way to go to earning my PhD (comprehensive exams at the end of the summer and then writing a dissertation), I need to pause and celebrate little accomplishments.

I think back to the first day of one of my classes two years ago. I went outside, sat on a bench and called my mom. I told her I was dropping out because I wasn't smart enough and that I'd hoped I could get my TV reporting job back. Ha!

If I could give advice to my "new student" self two years ago, it would be:

1. Relax.

2. Take your time putting together a comp and dissertation committee. Do not rush into it just because the College says you have a certain deadline.

3. Go to more happy hours and cohort-centered events. These people are going to help you get through the highs and lows.

4. Do not take a 600 level statistic class offered for the first time ever. Wait to see what other students, who know more about the department do and follow there lead.

5. Remind yourself that you only live once.

6. Stop trying to please others before yourself.

7. Trust your intuition when it comes to personal and professional relationships!

8. Enjoy teaching and remember you can influence students. Show them that you care.

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