The first week of classes is officially over. It has been an exciting week of getting to know my classmates better, figuring out what time I should leave for campus to avoid traffic, realizing that time management is going to be a major factor in my success, and dealing with the fact that I am going to have to get over my fear of public speaking immediately!
Everyone in my program is extremely nice and I love how diverse our group is. I think the diversity of our group is going to be a huge advantage and that we all have a lot to learn from each other. Diversity can, of course, cause some barriers, but I have already experienced how supportive everyone can be when one of these barriers becomes evident. Being supportive of one another is going to be so important. This is new to all of us and I think we are all a little anxious!
Something else that I find interesting with a group of graduate students is that it seems we are all subtly competitive. This competitive nature can be used in a productive manner and push us to do our very best or it can cause conflict. Due to the fact that I have already seen so much support from my classmates, I think it is going to work to our advantage.
So far, I still LOVE graduate school! I will speak more on time management and public speaking in later posts. For now, I must go do homework!