It’s been about eleven weeks since I have began my graduate program and while I am enjoying the program, I am beginning to get that feeling that sounds like “AHHHHHHH!” in my head. I am finally beginning to feel the strong challenges of being an #SAGrad. It is the time when the responsibilities and assignments come closer in time. What I really think has contributed to that has been due to the changes that have recently happened.
First and foremost, I have a part time job! I am the graduate student assistant of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. I work to develop opportunities to assist students of color pursuing careers in STEM fields. So far it has been a great experience and I’m very excited to see where this experience goes.
While I am very blessed with this opportunity, I can tell that my energy has definitely changed. Before I had a job, I felt like I was more prepared to buckle down and get my work done and now it’s a fight for me to sit in front of a computer to start a paper. It is also very nerve wrecking because my schedule has began to fill up more, so I am worried that I am not utilizing my time as well I can be. It’s a premature overwhelming feeling that I need to combat before it completely compasses my being. I need to begin reminding myself of my goals, what I want to truly accomplish, and creating an organized plan to stay afloat.
How does this compare to Hermione Granger? “Someone get me a Time Turner!” was a tweet that I wrote about a week ago. Why can’t I be like Hermione Granger that I could get a Time Turner that will give me a few more hours in the day to get more work done? First and foremost, I need to point out that I LOVE the Harry Potter series (book and movie, but mostly the book series). Since I was introduced to the series in the third grade, I have been hooked (side disclaimer: HP book box set is on my wishlist!). I loved all of the main characters, but my ultimate favorite to this day is Hermione. When I was growing up reading these books, she reminded me a bit of myself. Hermione was the wizard that excelled in all her classes and helped her friends with their work and other issues that came up (and they always did). She was not like the others (because she was muggle-Born), so she was misunderstood and often judged prematurely. Hermione was aware of how others may have felt about her and those opinions did affect her esteem but those opinions never stopped her hardworking, responsible, and loyal nature which later became her legacy. Well, that’s similar to me.
As a graduate student and as a professional, I strive for success and excellence and I know that comes with being confident in myself, productive in the work that I want and need to accomplish, and reflective of my growth. So I need to challenge myself to live the qualities that myself and Hermione share.
Tune in next month! I look forward to having a great leap in surviving grad school.
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