It’s Saturday. The first thing I do every morning is pray, gather my bearings, yawn, stretch then grab my laptop. I checked my email and saw two unread messages that came in that very morning and even though I’ve been expecting these emails for quite some time now, I wasn’t expecting it today. I read it. It was great news. In fact, it was awesome news, It reads;
Dear Miss Know A Little (haha haha Dear Ms Thomas);
Your application to study in Canada has been approved…I’ve been accepted to grad school! Now What? I felt elated and confused at the same time, “was that even possible?” Elation was expected, but confusion? It hit me—Grad school in the fall is a reality and things in my life are going to change. I’ll be living in a new place with new faces, a different culture and an entirely different and sometimes brutal weather. Nevertheless, I feel fortunate to have been shortlisted for all my University options, but I chose the one I feel I can make a mark and I can honestly say that I’m excited about this new chapter. This new adventure. This new mission.
I have successfully navigated the application process—the long wait, the emails, the phone calls, the research and the advice has not been for zilch and I’m truly and utterly grateful for this opportunity, Praise God.
I often ask myself what this elusive world of Grad school will look like. Although in some ways, my bachelor’s degree will provide a blueprint for graduate-level learning, in many ways, I know my time in Grad school will be a totally new endeavour.
“Thinking out aloud” I may go before the semester starts, which means I’ll be able to freely enjoy the new place without the stress and commitment of taking classes and lectures. I’ll have time to explore the city, try new restaurants, and meet people. How is that not a mini-vacation? I may even visit Banff. Well…perhaps further in fall because I need to plan for it and I promised you guys that I’d document my plans for my upcoming trips.
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I’ve Been Accepted To Grad School! Now What?
1| The planning begins (Well, the planning has already begun)
I joined two FB groups in search of a room for rent 6 months ago. I’ve sent multiple emails and have seen my share of scammers wanting me to send money to secure a room “the devil is a liar”…haha haha. I joined Roomster and downloaded Kijiji (Kijiji is an online classified advertising service that operates as a centralized network of online communities, organized by city and urban region, for posting local advertisements.)
2| Wrapping my mind around the idea of “moving” to another country
I’ll be living abroad for a while and to express excitement is an understatement. A new country means new adventures and wondrous possibilities to spread one’s wings and learn a new way of life.
3| Preparing for the weather
I’ve heard the stories about how brutal the weather can get where I’ll be living and as an island girl, I know I’m going to have to prepare for it (If you guys know of some really affordable winter gears, please let me know. Even though I have been researching, I wouldn’t mind having some options).
4| “Part-time” Job hunting
“Job hunting?” you may ask. Yep…with the pressures of research, assignments, this blog and my social life, I’ll be throwing a part-time job to the mix. My rent, food and transportation won’t pay for itself now, will it? I started job hunting five or six months ago(I really can’t remember) and there are endless possibilities, so, my aim now is to snag one ASAP!
5| My “Most” important task is to do remarkably well so I’ll be working my butt off
In college, one of the things that seem to be encouraged by the de facto ways in which students engage is to always reach some consensus of sorts. Whereas in grad school, being able to perceive things differently from the consensus and support an argument, is not only valued but encouraged. Additionally, procrastination in college is something that you can do with relatively little risk to your end result. (Depending on who you are of course) and what I’ve gathered from a friend currently in grad school + research is that procrastination is a metaphorical death sentence waiting to happen which I’m in no way aspiring to experience because tuition fees ain’t chump change. So, in short, I will be working my butt off.😉
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Believe it or not, I actually have high expectations for the rigour and quality of my classes ahead but my mind said just now, “you’re probably excessively worried about that thesis/final project/research paper your program requires for graduating, but you shouldn’t be — you’ll be dead long before then.” Well, we’ll see, won’t we? lol…Thanks for stopping by again guys. I’m ecstatic about this new chapter and I can’t wait to write more about my experiences and highlight some guideline that may help someone seeking to pursue their dreams as well. If this blessed your heart, please share it with someone.