Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Beauty of Perseverance {The Graduate School Post}

It was three weeks before graduation and I had a 25-page paper due by 1 p.m. the next day for my Family As A Context For Child Development class. I absolutely loved this class and learned so much in it. But I was done. Overdone. And I was tired. Over tired. And I just wanted to graduate.

But first I'd have to get through this paper and a few other long assignments, presentations, and finals. That night, after I tucked Aiden in bed at 8 p.m., I cried. No scratch that. I sobbed. A lot. Uncontrollably.  The overwhelming workload and overall stress of being a student momma had gotten to me.

I did the only thing that I knew to do in order to keep my sanity when working out and eating well and staying hydrated with lots of water didn't work. I meditated.... on success and hard work and how far I'd come up until that point.

I graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2006 and was pretty well employed. But I decided to go to grad school because I wanted more. More opportunities. More career choices. More money. The things you can do with a Bachelor degree are great, but the things you can do with a Masters degree are phenomenal. At least that's what I thought. And still think.

When I applied for grad school, I made a commitment to Aiden and myself that I was going to see it through come heck or high water. I adopted a "whatever it takes" mentality, and believe you me, it took a lot.

Head on over to The Young Mommy Life to read the rest of this post -- from exactly what it took to how this busy single momma learned the art and beauty of perseverance. 


  1. Hey!

    As a wife, mom of 3 (ages 10,8,and 2)current grad student, I definitely know the feeling! Now I'm heading over to YML to read the rest of your post!

  2. Awww such a tease! Now I have to go to another page? K. *point* *click*

  3. Wow you're such an inspiration! Grad school and being a mama?! I thought my paralegal classes were tough haha!! I want to be a grad student....

  4. I honestly cannot imagine. I wish I could bottle your energy and perseverance.

  5. You're an inspiration hun!!!


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