I did it! I finished the first year of my PhD program! I not only survived, I have a 4.0 gpa. That means I got at least a 93 in every class. I am ridiculously happy with this.
It is really quite interesting how one year has changed me so much. I thought I was smart before, and now I realize that I am not even close to knowing anything. I never had anxiety attacks before grad school. I now have them every time I have a test or anything stressful. I have gotten better at writing and research. I still haven’t learned to say no, because I am now working on 6 different projects. I am basically a mess, but an intelligent mess that is doing some pretty cool things.
I am certainly not the only one who has changed. I went out with a large portion of the grad students in my department on Friday, and everyone was working out their shit. Seriously, it was wild. I didn’t drink (just started this whole fitness thing to save myself from this grad school 20) but everyone else did – a copious amount. It was so fantastic to watch everyone just let loose after a long, grueling year.
Now, I am off to enjoy Summer. And by enjoy, I mean do research and not get paid to do it. Fun times are ahead.