When Mom started collecting Pyrex a while back, I must have been living under a rock. (oh, that’s right. it was called graduate school.) She put together a set of primary colors mixing bowls for herself and my sister, and when she offered to find me one, I foolishly (but politely?) declined. (again, living under a graduate school rock.)
Well, a couple of weekends ago, I stumbled across some Pyrex at one of my favorite antique/vintage spots and I had to have it! (see exhibit a.) I came home and remembered that I had accidentally started a Pyrex collection of my own, with a lime green cake pan. (see exhibit b.) Again, I was living under a rock and didn’t even realize that I had snatched up a cute piece of Pyrex until later. Anyway, later that weekend I came across a small casserole dish in lime green; even though it has a good deal of scratches on the bottom, I loved the character that it added. All I could think about was someone’s grandma cooking casseroles with love each Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I could not be more proud to be an Alpha Delta Pi member, for so many reasons. Visiting ADPi’s biennial Leadership Seminar last weekend afforded me an opportunity to see my sisters and all the amazing work they are doing. This past year, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority raised over one MILLION dollars for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Additionally, we raised over $30,000 to go towards scholarships and need-based aid for our collegiate and alumnae sisters. How amazing is that? I am so proud to be part of a sisterhood focused on giving back and supporting one another.
Over the course of the weekend, I learned many things about the history of ADPi and the day-to-day responsibilities of our advisors. I saw members who have been involved with ADPi for over FIFTY years and have worked diligently to make sure that the First and Finest sorority remains that way Forever. I was surrounded by a group of hundreds of women who strive to give collegiate women with a positive and enriching college experience as an Alpha Delta Pi sister. I am excited to be involved as an alum/advisor, and I cannot wait to see what the future has to hold for Alpha Delta Pi.
Alpha Delta Pi sisterhood holds a special place in my heart for the reasons mentioned above, as well as many more. It’s one of those things that you can only understand by becoming a part of it. The more you invest into the sisterhood, the more you see in return. I am so thankful that in this transition period of my life, the love and sisterhood of ADPi remains constant–whether by meeting new sisters here in Texas or reconnecting with chapter sisters from Georgia.
ADPi is more than 4 years; it’s for a lifetime.
All of the advisors at the seminar. Can you spot me?
Remember that even though you’ve experienced 4 years of college, graduate school is a new experience. Amidst learning a new schedule, meeting new people, figuring out professors’ expectations, and completing loads of assignments, I have to take a moment to myself each day to pause and just breathe. Some days just stopping to catch my breath, counting the number of slow inhales and exhales, relaxes me. Graduate school is stressful, but there’s something about consciously breathing in and out that reminds me that I’m alive! I’m going to make it! It’s a great way to pause and refocus before moving on to the next task in a list of many.
Gone are the days of staying up until 1 or 2am and sleeping until 10 or 11am. Gone. Now, 12am is a late bedtime for me, and sleeping until 8:30 or 9 is a luxury. Honestly, I’m more okay with that than I thought I would be. Completing tasks in the morning and early afternoon gives me a sense of accomplishment. Waiting the night before an assignment was due never gave me that.
Sleeping on a regular schedule actually reduces stress. Yes, I know that people have told me this for years, but I’m finally realizing it. Perhaps I’m a slow learner at times, but now that I’ve got this routine down, I feel indescribably better. Sleep is now something that I look forward to, as opposed to a burden. Getting a good night’s rest is crucial in graduate school. The days will be long and miserable after a poor night’s sleep.
…don’t just eat–eat well. Okay, okay, so I’m still trying to cut out those sodas at dinner and the fast food junk when I’m in a jam. BUT eating well boosts energy and overall attitude. Snacks that are high in protein have become a staple for me. I keep almonds in my desk drawer at work; I’ll throw some low-sodium jerky in my purse for a snack; greek yogurt with fruit and granola is quickly becoming a favorite; and peanut butter will always be my protein comfort food. I can definitely tell a difference in my attitude and energy level on days when I forget my snacks. Nobody wants a tired, grumpy graduate student, so handy snacks are a must.
Oh, and breakfast is ALWAYS a good idea. My Keurig is great, but the caffeine from the coffee is not going to last. Muffins, breakfast bars, fruit–a must. I never thought I’d become a believer in breakfast, but I’ve been converted.
Do the assignments. Do them ahead of time. Plan every hour of every day and squeeze in reading time whenever possible. I print out articles and carry them around in my purse. I carry my books to the office and read between appointments. I read over breakfast, lunch, and usually dinner. I read constantly, it feels like. Sometimes the professors cover the material and sometimes they talk about something entirely different. Either way, completing the reading gives me a better idea of what to expect in class and enables me to answer questions and discuss things with the class.
That’s the best advice I have, and just to be honest, I typed it out mostly for my own benefit. My lifestyle changed drastically in the past three weeks, and it’s a good change. This post will serve as a reminder to keep it up when I feel like giving in.
My first couple of weeks of class have been stressful, it’s true, but they have been overwhelmingly good. Even though the work is never-ending, I am thankful to finally be able to focus on school psychology. I’d rather read 5 articles and upwards of 10 chapters a week about school psychology than have a smaller load of gen. ed. classes.
I MADE MY FIRST SALE ON ETSY! I posted a few things a couple months back just to see what would happen. I was making art for my room in Texas and about 8 different Save the Date templates for a friend. So, I thought, Why not try to sell them. A few months later, here I am! My first sale! I am excited that someone appreciated my work. I’m very thankful, actually.
So I just wanted to share that tidbit and also take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been reading my blog, looking at my photography on Facebook, and supporting me. My photography and Photoshop creations are things that I like to do for fun, but it is nice to know that people appreciate those things. It’s also a nice little extra money for this college kid on a budget.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for booking photo shoots with me. Thank you for purchasing pictures from me. Thank you for purchasing save the dates. Thank you for loving what I do so that I can continue to do what I love!