The Grad Student and Career Woman

Friday was the start of my life as a graduate student. I will be attending California State University, Sacramento, working toward my Masters of Art in Education, with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. I can’t tell you how excited I am.

I did a lot of soul searching about the kind of career I wanted to pursue. I realized that while I did not seek out higher education, it found me by chance when I was living in Blacksburg and ended up working at Virginia Tech. I have always done and been good at administrative work, and I wanted those skills to take me wherever I wanted to go. Doing admin work does allow you to work in almost any and every industry. But that can be unfulfilling when you looking for a place to belong. In each of the industries I have worked in, I used to wonder, “is this where I belong?”

It wasn’t until I took my past job at UC Davis working as an advising assistant that I realized what I was really good at and wanted to do. Since getting my job as undergraduate academic adviser last year, I’ve found a place I belong. I love working with students. I love advising. I hope to continue my career in student affairs. While this program is geared toward leadership in higher education, student affairs needs leaders as well.

I did a lot of comparing, contrasting, and research before choosing this program. There were a number of online programs that were very tempting because of the flexible schedule. I ultimately chose this program because it is a hybrid program, which I think will be beneficial and it is made for working professionals. This program is well-recognized and respected on the UC Davis campus, and I am sure elsewhere. The price isn’t too bad either 😉

This weekend was our first monthly in-person meeting. It was so great to meet our diverse cohort. Luckily, one of the other advisers from the UC Davis campus is part of my cohort as well. I’m really looking forward to spending the next two years with these people. They are all so thoughtful, interesting, and passionate.

Wish us luck as we tackle the next two years together! Go EDLP Cohort Class of 2016!

 

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Oh just me and some of my cohort mates, Kat and Avaeta

I’m not an addict…

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Cheers!

To caffeine that is…well, maybe just a little…

When I was a teenager, I had a sweet job at that Department of Justice thanks to my father. While there, I took advantage of all the perks that go along with being an employee for the State of California. Their in-house coffee stand was the bomb. My addiction to their mochas quickly escalated to me drinking double and triple shots, two times per day. I was cracked out. Caffeine truly works for me. After a few months of getting headaches on the weekends from the withdrawal, I decided it was time to end the madness.  I stopped cold turkey and while for the better part of my 20s I did partake in caffeine I vowed to never be addicted again.

Then I became a parent…It is the only thing that makes sense to me how these sleep deprived parents can stay awake (and alive) for at least the first few years of their child’s life. Oh and then multiply that by how many ever children you end up having. So not long after Mr. Gabe was bornI rediscovered my old friend.

The best thing I can say about caffeine is that it truly does work for me. I notice a marked difference in my brain function, mood, job performance, just overall attitude about life after a single-shot mocha, or more often than not, a cup of black breakfast tea (Trader Joes Irish is the best). As I continue my parenting life, my career, and my education, I have found that caffeine is not a necessary evil but powerful ally. Why am I trying to fight it? Yes, it is a drug but so is all the other crap I take to keep myself alive. And if my addiction is garnering positive results, I would be crazy to deny myself.

So I say to you fellow parents, worker bees, students, and just sleepy people in general, embrace the caffeine! It might be just what you need to get your day started!

Personal Challenge

Productivity is at the utmost of importance right now because I have so much on my plate. Especially at work. I have taken on additional duties and my time seems to be stretched so thin. This blog post, sadly, is me wasting time not doing dishes, cleaning the littler boxes, doing reading for my current set of classes, or getting an early jump on the next term that starts on Monday. But I feel I need to issue myself this challenge in a public forum. I need an official record of my promise to myself. In that way, it can become a promise to you too, the reader.  Continue reading