I began blogging years ago as an outlet to share my heart and thoughts.
Then it progressed into being the way I shared my journey as a summer camp counselor with family. And eventually, it began to be the way I communicate with friends and family during my adventure through graduate school.
If you have not noticed, I have been M.I.A. for the past year. I have been working through school, balancing an internship and a job, and planning a wedding. And the time has come to an end for my graduate school journey. At 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 12th, 2017 I will official be a graduate student with a degree in Counseling Psychology.
It's hard to believe the day is finally here. I was supposed to graduate last year, but after flying through the first year of school I decided I wanted to slow down and be able to enjoy all I had been learning and set myself up for the last year of school which revolves around internship. While it would have been nice to have a year of master's work under my belt by now, I would never change my decision for adding on a fourth year.
This year has been unbelievable in what I have been able to achieve, learn, and discover. I gained confidence in my counseling ability. I grew my clinical mind and am actually able to see symptoms to help diagnose and build a treatment plan. And I have learned what it means to love your clients and to have desire for them to overcome and achieve all they have ever wanted.
And while it's been unbelievable, it has also been so hard. I have been exhausted, confused, conflicted, tired, weepy, sad, angry, frustrated, annoyed, and any other emotion you can think of. Balancing school, work, and internship has not been easy. I have had to sacrifice time with my fiance in order to pay bills, meet my hours, and do school assignments. I have had to have little to no social life because I need as much relaxation time as I can get. I have gave a lot of myself and had to learn boundaries.
The ending is so sweet because it's been hard and well deserved.