I always feel like I’m experiencing PTSD after finishing another quarter at school. The schoolwork is demanding, yes, but I’ve been through this enough to know I can handle it. It’s just all the unexpected things that happen on a daily basis as a wife, mom, and soon-to-be grandmother that makes it so difficult.
Case in point, last week I was finishing up two major projects for a couple classes when my daughter was in the hospital with pre-term labor symptoms. I thought I was going to have to camp out in a waiting room for a couple days with my laptop, writing a 25-page term paper about a watershed in Idaho. Like my mind was on Idaho! Luckily, they were able to stop the labor and I went home…to Idaho, at least in my mind.
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Above, Idaho is pretty amazing!
This week I’m sick with bronchitis, probably because I was in a building full of sick people the week before. Luckily, I had enough energy early in the week to finish another paper. In-between moments of heavily medicated mental fogs and exhaustion I was able to study enough for my soil science final exam to not bomb it.
I really think anyone earning a degree as an adult should receive a special distinction. If I wasn’t truly passionate about my major (natural resources), I sure as heck would’ve quit a long, long time ago. Whenever I feel like it’s not worth it, I look at the birds outside my window and realize, they’re more than worth it. Plus, I’ve come this far. I’d be stupid to quit now.
So, here’s to all the adult students out there. You are amazing, just like Idaho!