The last month of the year; wow! Reflecting back on 2012, I must admit I have faced some of the biggest challenges of my life both personally and academically. It has been a year full of sacrifices, hard work, and perseverance. The days of being a school teacher where I had summers and holidays off and never worked more than three weeks straight without a three or four day weekend seem like a distant memory. My main focus now is how I’m going to survive the last two weeks of my first year.
I have been a competitive athlete all my life and even into my adult years, competing in body building, power lifting and running half marathons. As all athletes know, there is a time for training and a time for resting and recovering. If you fail to rest and don’t allow your body to recover, your performance plateaus; if you continue to train, you will eventually see a decline in your performance. I feel like I am at the point of over training, only this time it is not my body that is in dire need of rest and recovery, it is my mind!
At the start of the year, my mind was fresh and absorbed information like a sponge. The last couple of months, I study longer, study harder and remember less! I feel much like that athlete with the desire and will to perform, but the physical inability to do so. With just two weeks left, I will continue on even though my mind aches for just a taste of the days gone by when I was a teacher, living at the beach on summer vacation with nothing to think about but whether or not the waves would produce a good day of surfing.
I don’t know what 2013 will bring, but I am confident God has a plan. After finals and after my mind has had a chance to rest I will let my thoughts drift to the upcoming year. In the meantime though, my books await me and there is much to learn!
We have been back in classes for three weeks now. We have a very different set up than we have been used to since the ortho and neuro modules. We are currently in exercise physiology, electro/wound care, cardiopulmonary, orthotics/prosthetics and directed research.
Trying to balance five different classes after having no classes for almost five months has been more challenging than expected. We also jumped right into intramurals, socializing, and other responsibilities, leading to very busy and complicated schedules. We are never done learning about PT or study habits here.
Thanksgiving break was a welcomed breather from the initial chaos of returning back to school. We got the chance to spend time with family and friends, and look ahead to the final weeks of classes before Christmas break.
While we continue on in our academic careers, we can also see glimpses of how far we have come. With the 3rd year class returning this week before graduation, we are shocked at how quickly that will be us. On the other end, we see just how far we have come as interviewees for the class of 2016 are making their way through the building. As I was feeling entirely grateful to be far away from the time of decision-making and applying for schools, it hit me how incredibly quickly these last three years (since applying) have gone. The class that is currently interviewing will be starting after we graduate — we will have jobs and will be starting a whole new set of transitions. I’m beginning to see that life really doesn’t ever slow down.
Christmas is almost here! The decorations, food, parties, and plans are popping up left and right in order to get us all ready for another break. However, it’s really not beginning to feel like Christmas, as it was almost 70 degrees out as I drove to Starbucks to study today. Seventy degrees in December is basically unheard of in my lifetime, but I’m not complaining.