It’s totally amazing to believe that today was the end of my master’s degree journey at PSU.  I graduated today among over 1,000 people with their master’s degree from Penn State.  I am a master.   Lol.  But really, I can’t even begin to put into words what the past two years have been like but I’m still going to write this post and hope that someone enjoys it.  

First of all, coming to Penn State was a crazy time.  I remember orientation like it was last week.  I remember what I was wearing and everything.  Also, I remember how horrible of a stomach ache I had thinking about all of the requirements that I would have to fulfill.  Two years later, I can’t believe that I was so worried because the professors and my cohort were the most supportive bunch that I could have come into contact with.

This past year has been crazy busy with my internship along with classes, so frequently I felt overwhelmed and just so ready to be done.  Now that it is finished, though, it’s so weird to not have to write papers or go to classes and think that I may never have to do that again (depending of course if I go onto get my doctoral degree or not).  Classes this year were especially icky, with a few ones here and there that kept my sanity, but I really could not have done it without my family and friends.

First of all, my family have been the most supportive people in my life since day one.  There is no other comparison for my family, and if you know me, you know that I talk about them an awful lot.  I couldn’t ask for a better family to have been born into, and there isn’t another group of people that I’d rather surround myself with than them.

My friends throughout this program have been the best.  I have met some of the most awesome people that I am going to miss immensely after today.  I can’t believe that two years has gone as fast as it has.  They are all going to make great counselors and do such great things.  I can’t wait to see them again, because I know this isn’t goodbye!

There’s so many things I could say about my time at Penn State, but it’s just so unbelievable to me that it has come to an end.  The future can really be a scary thing, also considering that it is unknown for all of the school counseling cohort.  It would be nice to know where we are going to end up and where we will be, but it is God’s plan for us to know where and when those jobs will come.  I’m trusting that in time with hard work and many job interviews something will turn up for me, and I will know that it is a good fit for me.  I’m looking for that foot in the door, that place to get experience and a place to explore something new.

All of this coming to an end makes me think about the Dr. Seuss quote, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  It is truly one of those times to appreciate what happened in the past two years and know that even though I can’t go back, I can remember all of the great memories that I made at PSU and cherish all of the life that I have to live ahead of me.

Cheers to many great years ahead!