Tag Archives: Education

40. Take a career-oriented course that will apply toward either a certificate or degree. – COMPLETE!

15 Apr

I am proud to announce that I have survived my first semester of grad school with flying colors and am now half way through semester two. It has certainly not been an easy ride, but I’m learning a lot and have made some great new friends.

As I continue to move through grad school I definitely hope to get better at this thing called time management.

Back to School

24 Jan

Tonight I am heading back for my second semester of grad school and I am stoked! I seem to work better under pressure so I’m hoping that this new burst of activity and responsibility will also help me with the blog challenge.
Guess we’ll see!

Holy Toledo, Batman! It’s April!

3 Apr

I am not quite sure where March went, but hey, that’s the story of our lives right? Now, while the month may have not looked great on paper, I’m pretty pleased with how it all went down. Here’s a quick recap:

  • The promotion I alluded to went into affect. This is really beyond exciting.
  • I made some progress on my workout goal (#58) by trying Zumba.
  • My sister shaved her head to raise money and awareness for children’s cancer research. I am so honored that I could be a part of that experience.
  • I made some quiet progress on my goal to take classes to forward my career (#40) by submitting grad school applications.
  • Goal #28 is in sight. I registered for the Police Week 5K in Washington, D.C. in May.

In other news, spring arrived! I am so excited for the blooming flowers, warmer temperatures, and just spring in general!

As usual, I have high hopes for the upcoming month. There is a lot to look forward to both in terms of the 101, and just in life. Here is a rundown of what I’m hoping to get into for the 101 in April:

  • While the first go was not a complete success, I’m going to take another shot at no-complaining (#47).
  • The promotion is super amazing. But, I have found that my working routine may be borderline craziness, and perhaps not even the most productive that it could be. So I am going to do some research and starting developing an effective work break (#50).
  • I’m going to work on writing letters (#71), I’ve got one ready for the mailbox now!

There are some other things I am going to try to tackle in April, but we will see how it goes. As far as life goes, here are some things I’m looking forward to:

  • Shopping trip with the girls. Which is sure to have some 101 repercussions 🙂
  • A couple work trips, including one to San Diego!
  • Decorating my new office.
  • Making my life a little more green. This isn’t something I focused on when developing my 101 but I’m finding more and more that this is something I really want to work on.

So, that’s the plan for April. Can’t wait to see what it has in store for all of us!

64. Take the GRE. – COMPLETE!

12 Feb


I am officially one step closer to graduate school. I had an early morning appointment today and I set three alarms, just to be safe. I left very excited, not so much at my scores (you receive “unofficial” scores at the end of the computerized exam), just… because. It is over with and now I am one step closer. As for the scores, I was not disappointed. You can always look back and say “I wish I’d studied more,” but really that doesn’t do anyone any good. I set two goals for myself, one a need-to-get goal, and one a reach goal. I am happy to say I exceeded my need-to-get goal and was only a smidge under my reach goal.

Next step, applications.

Because She Said So

17 Jan

One of the tips I received for productive studying was to give myself a reward when I reach certain milestones.

I am excited to say that I have been studying and I have reserved and paid for my spot to test on February 12. I felt that I was a pretty significant accomplishment, as I now have a definitive date to work toward. And so, I traded this:

For an afternoon pedicure date with one of my college roommates. Success!

Thanks to everyone who gave advice. I now have just less than a month to get ready to conquer the GRE!

Study Time!

7 Jan

Clearly my knowledge of triangles, eighteen syllable words, standard deviations, and random antonyms will be the prime indicator of how I will preform in a masters in public administration program. At least, that’s what someone must think.

So here I am studying like its 2001, and trying to remember everything I ever learned in high school math plus this horrific vocabulary only seen… well, I guess you see it on the GRE, if no where else. It is certainly not easy. But, I want to go back to school and I know this is the first step in getting there.

Anyone out there take the GRE? What are you suggestions for preparing?

Where to Start?

5 Jan

Starting a new year and a new 101 list bring some serious feelings. So exciting, so overwhelming. I have a lot invested in this list and I have some serious support and motivation behind me in the form of some great girl friends. I also have 101 raw tasks set before me. I can’t wait to get started, to become a better friend, a better sister, a better employee, and just a better me.

So the question is, then, where to start? I picked all these tasks, so each carries a certain value and interest to me. Knowing where I am right now, here are a few of the tasks I intend on focusing on first.

7. Keep a blog documentation of this list. I intend on marking this complete when I am completely satisfied with my blogging product. I work with social media every single day, so I have incredibly high expectations for what I should be offering to the blogosphere. On the flip side, I work with social media every day, so at times the last thing I want to do when I get home is work on my blog. This list is important to me and I want to share with the best blog possible.
23. Finish decorating my apartment. A New Year’s Eve trip to IKEA with my mother put me on the path to finally getting my apartment decorated. I have lived in this apartment for over a year, so the time has definitely come and I can’t wait to get everything up and organized.
79. Read a faith/spiritual-based book. This one is a coin toss. For Christmas, my grandmother gave me Fresh Start by Doug Fields. My sister has been reading this and I was interested in what he had to say. I also am hoping to finish Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis became one of my favorite authors during a course in college, and reading his thoughts on the subject is incredibly inspiring.
84. Take the GRE. I have changed my mind so many times, and have made drastic alterations to my career path over the past few years. I am now in a job where I love what I do, who I work for, and want to continue to grow and move up. A Masters degree would help me not only do my current job better, but also give me a boost when the time comes to move up in the organization. And so, I have been preparing for the GRE. Grad school, here I come!