Welcome to Grad School
This summer I decided to go back to school. After working for a year and getting all of the major events under my belt I felt prepared to add more to my workload. I was already enrolled at the University of Maryland University College from that brief period that I worked for them as an Academic Advisor since it was free. I felt a nervous pang that reminded me of my freshman year of college, uncertain that I was prepared to be challenged at a higher academic level. I’ve always been a standout student but college classes are far too expensive to fail.
Summer semester was the perfect time to test the waters. Things at work calmed down after the ProStart Invitationals came to an end and the schools were on summer break. I decided to go for a Masters in Management with a Nonprofit and Association Management specialization. I took Orientation to Graduate Studies and Intercultural Communication & Leadership. Overall it was a fun semester. Challenging at times but I gained confidence that by taking one or two classes a semester, I would be able to balance working full-time and school no problem.
In the Fall semester I signed up for Organizational Theory. It was actually supposed to be taken before the Intercultural class so I was hopeful it would be easier… It wasn’t. It’s hard to say whether it was because of the class or big events in my personal life were distracting but it was a struggle. After getting engaged and buying a house, it’s very tempting to avoid a challenging class to plan the wedding or to fix up the house. At one point I considered dropping the class but the thought of having to redo the work I had done so far was enough motivation to keep me going. Thank goodness I stuck it out because I was able to pull it together and get a B (I was elated).
So another class down and ten more to go. I haven’t decided if I’ll take Spring semester off to focus on work’s busy season but I know that slow and steady I’ll earn my Masters degree and it’s worth every headache and gray hair.