This feels so surreal.
I've worked so hard for so long to get to this point...for years I dreamed of this moment. I'm finally at the home stretch...I can say I made it. Sweet tears of joy won't stop flowin'! Thank you God. I would shout it from the mountain tops but since Florida doesn't have mountains, this post will have to do: I am graduating!!! Those of you who know me well know what this obstacle symbolized for me, and what this victory means. I conquered the final test in my academic career! I DID IT!!!! I crushed that beast!
Life already feels so different since I passed the most important test of my life. I feel free! Liberated! Reborn! Okay, maybe that's a bit dramatic, but I seriously feel like a completely different person. It's crazy how much a shitload of stress affected my quality of life. I no longer go to sleep dreading assignments that must be done the next day, or studying that needs to be done; I no longer wake up with that being the first thing on my mind. It's amazing. After being in school for so many years you think you'd get used to it, and in some ways you do, but you really don't. Anyway, I'm glad it's over. The fear, anxiety, stress, dread, doom, tears, gritted teeth, lack of sleep, exhaustion...it's starting to fade away, and it feels. so. good.
Now I can finally go back to care-free blogging, without the guilt attached. ;) And I have a feeling I'll have more exciting things to write about, because the best is yet to come.
~ If you have been rooting for me, thank you! And to those of you who just happened to stumble across this little space, welcome, I'm Erica Carter, soon-to-be GRADUATE of the USF Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Masters program. Yaaas. ;)
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