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I’ve Planned Out the Next Six Years of my Life

It’s a great time in my life.

Josh and I are still best buds; Mandy Tator Tots is making home made biscuits and gravy tonight and Josh will be joining us. (Mandy Tator Tots is my son’s girlfriend and I absolutely love her to death. She’s pure gold, that one.)

My summer classes begin in 10 days, and so I’ve plotted my course in life for the next 6 years or so. When I wrap up my Bachelor’s in Psychology, it’ll be the spring/summer of 2016. From there, I’ll move on to my Master’s in Forensic Psychology (at a school with the # 2 Forensic Psychology program in the nation). The Master’s will be 35 credit hours and will take two years. I’ll then transfer my entire Master’s degree over to Spalding University (they accept up to 30 credit hours of a Master’s) so I will have only lost out on a total of 5 credit hours. Not a bad deal. Plus, getting my Master’s first and then transferring it will save me 50% of my costs, rather than going straight into my doctorate. After transferring my Master’s to Spalding, I’ll begin my doctorate (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology/Corrections. Voila! 6 years.

Don’t know about anybody else, but I’m locking this thing down with eagle focus and an insane drive. (I have to get my GPA up from 3.5 to at least a 3.8 though, or higher.)

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING will stop me.

So, that about wraps up my semi-periodic update here! Time to get into school mode again. My vacation is officially over. 🙂

Jwaterpark

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11 responses

  1. Awesome plan!

    June 27, 2015 at 6:57 pm

  2. Forward, CHARGE!!!

    June 28, 2015 at 5:25 am

  3. yvo

    ahhh B, so glad to read this. Damn~you are one well-oiled machine on every level and I love the mind and spirit you possess, not to mention the depth of your magnificent heart. I have no doubt you will get there. :))

    I’m glad you had a chance to rest up. I remember reading a comment once by . . I cannot remember his name. An actor/dancer that is dead now . . . (sorry) but he had said as he got older he found that as hard and driven as he worked he realized that he also needed to enter into the same absolute commitment in his rest periods. I do believe that bears some real good fruit.

    I am really glad you and Josh worked out the obstacles in your friendship. You two shared a lot and grew a lot and friends with important history like that are worth keeping. Love you fiercely Darlin’ xXx

    June 29, 2015 at 10:23 am

    • Love you too, Y. :0) Things are reeeeeeally good in my life right now. Josh and I work best when we live in separate residences. It brings us closer! We drive each other crazy (literally- haha) when we spend every second together. 😉 But yes, things are golden and beautiful right now.

      I completely agree with you about the rest periods. I never used to have an off switch, and I’d crash and burn. But, going into my 5th year in school, i’m learning to balance it all out- FINALLY.

      So, I spend my weekdays working hard, and my weekend playing just as hard. 😉

      So glad you’re back in the States and no doubt feeling SO MUCH better. It’s all going to seem like a (very) funny dream later. I promise…heheh. XO

      June 29, 2015 at 4:31 pm

  4. Hey girl! You inspire me to want to do things I swear. I can’t even plan out dinners for the next seven days and you are over here planning out the next six years of your life hahahahah I FAIL. Anyway, you have always had crazy drive and your determination for your education has really helped me to keep going no matter the situation. I just thought of a great quote that kind of describes my life ha “it is not failing if you are learning.” Yep I should get famous of that one 😉 Anyway, that is how my college shit went down. I was at CSU working on a Bachelors for teaching. It really hit me there that I hate teaching. I used to love the idea and children. Now I pretty much like neither. I wanted it for the insurance, money, stability, and the opportunity to help. It was the right reasons but for the wrong field. I work for a vets office now and am assisting. I am no longer in “training” and am considered not only a Kennel tech but a Veterinary Assistant. That is hands down the most successful thing I have ever done. I really enjoy going to work and even on the hard days, want to go back. Thanks for always inspiring me and helping to push me in the right direction. ❤

    July 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    • You know, I flip-flopped around for several years too- that’s totally normal as an undergrad! We want to do 10 different things but have to choose ONE, really. And I tell you, I think this drive in me is innate. Like, I starved a lot as a kid. I did NOT have balanced, nourishing meals and was underweight as a result of severe (clinical) depression and again, being malnourished. But regardless, I joined cross country when I was only 9 and ran for 3 years. Nobody did any sports or extracurricular stuff in my family, so it was out of the ordinary. Plus, I had been told by a physician that I would never be able to do anything “excitable” (such as running or sports) as a result of my heart murmur. Well, I don’t believe in the word “never”. So I set out to disprove him.

      I can’t say if it was my drive, or it was “fear of dying if I ever did anything” that made me run like the wind for 3 years! My parents never went to one of my races (except for my Mom, who went to one) and I didn’t even have a ride home after our meets/matches/races, so…sometimes I’d run for 2 or 3 miles, and then have to run all the way home too (which was another 3 miles). I think my home life was so bad, I preferred anything over going home.

      And still, I’m running. 😉 Maybe not physically, but I call on my prior training to push through things that seem virtually impossible. Also, I think of my kids. I made my fair share of ignorant mistakes that most parents do- but I’ve always been so darn poor. I HAVE to break this cycle or it’ll be generational and I’ll leave a legacy of poverty for my children. I just can’t do that. Although they’ll all 18-26, every step I take is with them in heart and mind. I have to show them (by example) that your life isn’t “over” just because you’re 45. I have to give them something to look forward to in an exemplary way.

      So, I can’t take the credit for this insane drive that fuels me! I’m just tired of being poor. 😉 And, I DO want to walk through the “doors of destiny”. For me- now- the unknown isn’t what scares me, but the “known” and “more of the same” is. UGH. Love you, girl!

      In your time- and you’ll know when it IS time, you’re going to be able to go back to school too. That door isn’t closed for you. But on that note, I’m damn proud of you, Jen. You’ve come a LONG way in just a few, short years. So glad you’re in a better place and are doing well. XO

      July 6, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      • p.s. You inspire me equally, believe me!

        July 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

  5. We ought to do some GRE test prep together. Hehe.

    July 9, 2015 at 11:32 pm

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