I am (reluctantly) thankful for the opportunity to go to graduate school here at UVA (
for free for profit).
I say reluctantly thankful because I have a love-hate relationship with graduate school. That being said, it’s an opportunity that was so good I couldn’t turn it down. While my classes are tough and don’t cater to my learning style, I have found that I really enjoy teaching. While I still don’t know if chemistry is where I want to be the rest of my life, I know that any decision I make regarding my career will be the right one, since I am giving grad school my best shot. Some words of wisdom from Keely Blake’s mom: whatever decision you make is the right one. I’m twenty-two years old. I can make just about any dang decision regarding my future, and it will work out. I was talking to a dear friend last night, and she’s a little more than stressed about the upcoming year, with finding a job and graduating from college, and while I felt the same way, I also felt very free. I
had have the potential to go anywhere, do anything. I have it within myself to make my own dreams come true, no fairy godmother, no knight in shining armor.
So I am thankful for this opportunity to more about chemistry for free, and I know that furthering my education is always a positive thing, regardless of how I utilize this degree in the future. Thanks UVA for your beautiful neoclassical architecture and the free degree.