Since when did February become the busiest month of the year? Since I came to graduate school and became an ADPi advisor, I guess. Don’t get me wrong! For the most part, it’s a good kind of busy. I’m just used to busy Decembers with finals weeks and the bustle of the holiday season. But February? Really? I feel like the nice, innocuous month of February planned a sneak attack this year! Let me tell you what I’ve got going on, in pictures, perhaps:
Jan 31-Feb 2
ADPi’s District Leadership Conference in Tulsa, OK
First week in February
- Giant Psychopathology Presentation–check! (I was stressing about this until the moment I was done presenting. I hate being the first to go, and I really felt like I didn’t have enough time to thoroughly prepare for this presentation. However, I did my best, and I think it went well.)
- Alpha Ceremony
- Alpha Event
- Various ADPi socials which I may or may not attend
- Ritual Reviews
Second week in February
- First Valentine’s Day with Cason–making a pretty sweet gift, if I say so myself
- Diamond Days
Third week in February
- National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Conference in Washington, DC–I will be gone Monday-Friday this week. Thankfully, because my teachers are in the field, classes are cancelled. I will have a bit of work/reading to do on the plan, but I’m sure it’s manageable.
Last week in February
I can’t even think that far ahead, but I’m sure there’s something!
Maybe this doesn’t look like as busy of a month as I thought it would, but this doesn’t really take into account all the various assignments and quizzes that full-time graduate work entails on top of being a good fiancé, trying to make friends, finding time for me, keeping in touch with my family, and planning a wedding. Life happens. Everyone has things on their plates. I’m still just trying to figure out how to balance it all, and I’m sure that’s something that comes with time and experience.
I feel like I constantly write about how much work grad school is but how much I enjoy it…but it’s true. It’s just one of those things that you can’t understand unless you’ve been there, and I can’t explain if you haven’t been there. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to just make people understand the things that we cannot explain in words when they cannot experience it for themselves? That would come in handy in a lot of situations. My guess is that it would also make the world a more compassionate, patient, and understanding kind of place. So, I’ll leave you with that.