Sunday, June 13, 2010


By Wednesday, I will have completed my first year of courses towards my doctorate. What astonishes me most about this year?

1. That I’m a doctoral student. I can only describe my life as the 8th wonder of the world. Really, if someone had approached me when I was 16.5 years old (or as a 21 year old undergrad who almost ended up on academic probation because I was far more interested in shopping than studying) and suggested I would be working towards a Ph.D., I would have laughed and considered that someone crazy. No one in my family has ever gone to grad school. My Nonni’s education ended in elementary school and my parents went to college.
2. I haven’t cried once (which has not always been the case regarding my time in grad school.)
3. I’m in love with my program (which contributes to the non-crying.) I love my classmates, my professors, my supervisor, my courses, and my graduate assistantship.
4. I’ve returned to Toronto.
5. I feel guilt-free 74.6% of the time when taking a few days, or a few weeks, or a few months when replying to phone calls or emails.
6. I’m living the life I actually want rather than the life other’s think I should have. I’m more attuned to what makes me happy, and I pay less attention to what people (and commercials) tell me should make me happy.

1 comment:

limonana said...

SO SO SO SO SO PROUD OF YOU Dr.lady!!!!!!!! you came you saw you conquered!!!