A Bit of Inspiration

She’s a Grown Up Now by Mollinda on deviantART

Sometimes it takes a random friend on Facebook in order for you to realize that you are capable of accomplishing your dreams. I haven’t spoken to this particular random friend in at least 5 years, and yet, she has still managed to inspire me.

Random friend was in my program in undergrad, when she unexpectedly fell pregnant. A shotgun marriage and adorable two year old later, and she finally managed to finish her degree. Fast forward a few years and two more kids, and now she’s moving across the country with her beautiful family to attend grad school.

How awesome is this lady?

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Stress

Stress by millifrosch on deviantART

If there is one thing I’ve learned since starting my PhD, its that I have a much lower tolerance for stress than I thought. And academia sure is stressful.

The expectation that I should be an expert in something is what I find most difficult to deal with, especially since I’ve just started. Sure, no one expects me to know all the answers, but it definitely seems like I should know more answers than I do.

Then there is the constant barrage of assignments. I think back to undergrad and I wonder, how in the hell did I deal with 5 whole courses at once, when I can barely seem to manage to drag myself through 1?

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