I’ve spent 70% of my adult life in college. And now……… I’m done! This is kind of a strange transitional period for me though. I barely know life without school! (Though as a teacher, I guess I won’t be too far removed from it ;)). I’ve just finished my final graduate school paper, and in May I’ll be walking for my second MA. It’s exciting, but it’s also a big life change. This particular two-year-program I was enrolled in at Pacifica took me about four years to get through with the various ups and downs of life. And though I’ve written my last five research papers over the last couple quarters, I haven’t had any regular time on campus since the end of summer… and I’m really missing that community! The experience of Pacifica is something that’s almost difficult to put into words. The courses, the materials, the instructors, and the students really are a rare breed here. Delving into mythology and psychology and exploring so many rich areas inevitably affects the psyche and the very being a person. It’s about so much more than academia. Working with this material and going through this passage of my life has molded every aspect of my being. Makes it hard to say goodbye to the program and the people (though a big YAY for social networking keeping this commuter community connected)…. of course I’ll always be able to return for other campus events and seminars… but it will be different.
So, I’ve come to realize it’s a bittersweet celebration.
I am very excited about saying goodbye to homework though! Of course, I enjoyed the coursework and loved just about everything I read, but it did consume a lot of time that I am looking forward to having back. I’m particularly excited about reading anything I feel like! Though I realize with all the grading I always have to do, I’ll never really have all the time I like to fantasize about having with all my books, which I’ve recently re-organized. The picture to the right shows all the books from I bought during my graduate program. Once I was done making working piles out of them in my office, I got to organizing them. Amazing to see it all together.
And the pic below shows all the books I’ve bought/received in just the last 14 months. Each one was selected with the thought, “I’ll read this next!” And the pile, of course, just kept growing. Still haven’t decided what I’m actually going to read first!
In addition to reading, there’s other things in life I’m eager to dig into. There are many things I’ve been interested in learning or doing over the years, and I always tell myself, “I’ll do that when I’m done with school!” This includes learning sign-language, learning to sew, and learning how to really cook more than spaghetti and quesadillas. I also want to catch up on TV shows that started when I was in grad school that I never got a chance to check out. Fringe & Castle are on the top of that list. Other projects I want to take on include taking agility classes with my pup and tagging the last decade of digital photos.
More importantly, though, what I’m really excited about is spending more time at home with my hubby, working on our various house projects, and spending more time with all of our extended family. Since I commuted to school and was out of town once a month, there were some events I wasn’t here for. And there were many others I just couldn’t make, or really enjoy, because I was so swamped with homework and research. And, of course, the biggest step and most important thing we’re now focused on is starting a family of our own.
For now, I’m going to enjoy the liminal space I’m in and embrace whatever life has to offer next. Thanks for reading. Namaste.