Sunday, July 27, 2014

Peace Out Atlanta

Terra Terroir

I went to dinner last night with a group of friends at a restaurant called Terra Terroir. I had such a great time! You should definitely check them out if you're in the Atlanta area. In case you're interested the cami and the shoes are from Forever 21 and the tulle skirt is from Asos:)

You may have noticed it from some of my previous posts, but I'll be leaving Atlanta soon. Yes, I know I just got here! Things have been a little hectic these past six months but I'm so grateful for all of the opportunities I've received. I had flirted with the idea of doing a PhD program for a while but I wasn't sure exactly which programs to apply to (public health or communication) or where I wanted to go. As it turns out, not landing a full time position right after graduation was a huge blessing. It gave me time to think about exactly what should come next. When I finally applied to programs, I tried not to have any expectations about the outcomes. I could not have imagined, however, that things would turn out as incredibly as they did. It just provided extra confirmation that I was staying the course.

I'll be starting a communication PhD program focusing on health communication at a great school that also happens to have a very reputable and highly regarded public health program (totally un-biased opinion). Ultimately, I chose to do a PhD program because I think it's critical for my career development to receive education and training in effective communication methods and principles so that I can apply them to health issues. I'm so excited about the opportunities, challenges, and knowledge that this program will bring.

As a bit of an aside, I want to stress the importance of taking a chance on yourself. Personally, I have to be willing to try things even if I think my efforts will be unsuccessful. This isn't because I'm supremely confident that things will work out, it's because I don't want to be tormented by the unknown. A willingness to see things through is great for your peace of mind. The odds were certainly stacked against me during my application process. These programs say no far more than they say yes. From the very beginning I prepared myself for the reality of a "no," but I still forged ahead.  I felt like I would be cheating myself on living if I did not. By only making safe choices there may be no chance of rejection, but there's also no chance of a real reward. Keep that in mind as you go about the days ahead. 

Here's to a fabulous week!!!

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