This time last year I was an overworked, underpaid #SAgrad with what I thought at the time were permanent bags under my eyes. We’ll call it a “character building” experience. Fast forward to present day – I still work really hard, but I no longer have to choose between putting gas in my car and buying groceries. It’s pretty cool.
Reflecting on where I was this time last year and how much has changed, I realized that my Christmas wish list has done a complete 180 as well. Here’s what I wanted most as a grad student and what’s important to me now as a new professional.
The #SAgrad Christmas List:
10. Gift cards to grocery stores, gas stations & Starbucks. #essentials
9. A reality TV show that would enable me to quit school and endorse products on Instagram.
8. An official ban on family members asking “What do you go to school for again?” and “Oh, so what are you going to do with that degree?”
7. More than 5% back on the textbooks I paid hundreds of dollars for.
6. A yoga membership to combat the stress that grad school puts on you mentally & physically.
5. Time to do nothing / anything I want. Because you have zero time for anything but grad school in grad school.
4. Sleep (preferably more than 5 hours per night).
3. Winter break. A month off of school was never so precious.
2. To complete & pass my case study (my program’s capstone project / version of a thesis).
1. A job.
The #SApro Christmas List:
10. Gift cards to Sephora, Express & Starbucks. #essentials
9. An interior designer to decorate my office.
8. Professional development funds.
7. Winter work clothes. Dressing for the weather is a challenge.
6. To keep my amazing student staff from graduating and leaving. Team #PointParkSocial forever.
5. To have my first big conference proposal accepted.
4. Time with my #SApro friends who moved out of state to start their own amazing careers.
3. Winter break. It’s only one week, but it’s one precious week that I cherish.
2. To see the joy on people’s faces now that I can actually afford to buy them gifts.
1. A 10:00am start to the workday. A girl can dream, can’t she?
What’s on your #SAgrad or #SApro holiday wish list? Tweet me and share! @feliciapaigexo
This post is part of the Emerging SA Pro series following 4 awesome people: Aracelis, Emalie, Felicia, and Patrick, as they blog monthly about 1 year of their journey as either a new SA Pro or SA grad student. We are proud to help them share their stories as they break into our field.