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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?