Who knew you could learn so much in just four months? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how blessed I am to be getting a master’s degree with a graduate assistantship. Here are 15 reasons why grad school is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
1. I can’t really sleep past 9:30am (most days).
Before grad school, I slept so late. I would schedule my undergrad courses so I could sleep til noon. This was not healthy. I am in the office by 10am every day (well, most days). I have an 8:30am alarm automatically set for each day.
2. I have to wear business attire every day.
Like, this is no joke. Anyone who knows me from undergrad knows I loved to roll around campus in sweatpants and t-shirts. Anytime I set foot in my office, meetings, walk around campus, I am in business casual (so, basically, every single day). At first, I thought it was torture, but now I really love it.
3. I only wear sweatpants in my room where noone can see.
I’ve said my goodbyes to looking like I’ve given up on life in public.
4. I have to read.. like, it’s not even an option.
Good luck making it through graduate courses if you aren’t a reader. I had to teach myself how to read for classes. At first, it took me forever. I’ve finally mastered the “grad school skim.” Believe it or not, I’ve learned a few things from reading, too!
5. I am responsible for holding others accountable.
Talk about stressful. I wouldn’t trade my students for the world, though.
6. I have to be responsible and act mature (well, more mature than undergrad).
I have a planner. I write stuff in it. I know what’s going on and when. I clean my room and I now have my own bathroom.
7. I have a Google calendar that literally details every single thing about my life ever.
You want to hang out with me on Saturday? Cool, let me send you a google invite. This is so new to me, but I have become dependant on my calendar. If it’s not on my calendar, I’m not going to it.
8. I have friends here that push me to be a better person.
“Taylor, you should really do this.”
“Because you’d be good at it.”
“Ugh. Fine I’ll do it.”
My fellow grads are my favorite people ever.
9. I’m at a Catholic and Marianist institution.
This is something that’s been missing from my life for a long time. It feels good to be back in a place I can connect to spiritually. I might not attend mass as much as I should, but the spirit and feeling here is different than a public school and it inspires me to make good decisions.
10. I have learned that not everyone will like me and that’s okay, as long as people are doing their jobs and are being held accountable and responsible.
Something HUGE that a student affairs professional needs to learn. Just because all students like you, doesn’t mean you are good at your job. I’m not saying that people hate or dislike me here, but I’ve started to let go of trying to impress people and I’ve started to force myself to do my job the best that I can.
11. My supervisor is the perfect role model.
I’m really not trying to be a suck-up. She’s just the best and I’m blessed to have her here to show me the ropes.
12. I’ve learned the importance of student affairs and development.
We literally save lives. And I love it.
13. I don’t really eat Taco Bell as much as I used to.
Don’t get me wrong, I still eat it a lot more than any normal human being. But, It’s definitely not as much as before!
14. I have gained an appreciation for previous supervisors.
I’m sorry I was annoying and probably really sassy at times. Your staff meetings were actually really short and I miss them. Also, I’m sorry I always submitted my program requests and evaluations late. And most importantly, thanks for not giving up on me even though I probably really sucked at times. Oh, and last one, I’m sorry I missed 2 desk shifts within the same month. You all rule!
15. I’m doing what I love with amazing colleagues that I love in a place that I love.