Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Paying it Forward

I'm more than halfway through my semester! *Pauses for dance break.* It may be because this is my last semester of coursework, but I've been trying extra hard not to stress out so much about things. I've been moderately successful. It's not really my courses stressing me out so much as it is the decisions that I'll have to make by the end of the school year - dissertation topic, committee members, post graduation plans. I guess that's why God created spring breaks. With ours being scheduled for next week, I plan to make some headway on these decisions.

It feels like just yesterday I did a post about the semester starting, and now we're past the midway point. I know the work will get done and the decisions will be made, but I wish I could fast forward to that time. God give me strength.

On top of all of that, a friend of mine will be graduating from the program and leaving for a faculty position in August. Me and a couple of my cohort members are trying to figure out what we should do for her as a thank you for all of the support, advice, and guidance she's given us. As women of color in a doctoral program at an R1 university, you realize that there aren't too many people that look like you roaming the halls. Having each other and a person like Diane who's been through the same experiences we're currently going through to turn to for advice and encouragement has been such a blessing. I'm going to miss her!
Top: Forever 21, Scarf: Walmart, Jeans & Shades: Target, Bracelet: J. Crew, Shoes: Kate Spade for Keds
Hopefully, opportunities present themselves so that I can pay it forward. I have had some incredible mentors throughout my life, and those relationships have been invaluable. Ultimately, I know that wherever life takes me, and whatever I end up doing, mentoring others will play an important role.

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