Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” -St. Paul
At 1:24 AM, on Saturday, December 5th, I submitted my final project for Counseling Theories and Techniques II thus completing, officially, my first year of graduate school for my M.Ed in Counseling and Human Development!
It’s been a year filled with many obstacles! I began the year with a finalization of divorce, a lot of doubt, many fears, starting grad school, then a move, then burying my mother in July (may her memory be eternal), moving again, several job changes, a couple failed attempts to get a foot in the door of the mental health field, and beginning a new relationship!
I’ve learned so, so much during this year, and I can safely say I’m not the same man I was when I began this program on Jan 16th 2015 as I sat in class for Professional Issues and Ethics full of mixed emotions and dread on a Friday night as I wondered, “What the hell are you doing, man?! You can’t do this! Quit while you ahead (many who know me and my love of Dr. Brene Brown will know that that was shame screaming at me, but I didn’t and won’t listen)!
I’ve grown educationally, personally, clinically, existentially, mentally, academically, spiritually, narratively, and above all relationally! I’ve shown to others and mainly to myself that I can do this! That I will do this, and I will do so much more than this with eventually finishing my Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision through Lindsey Wilson as well!
On top of it all, I have a 3.95 GPA, which I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I could accomplish in grad school and have been accepted into Chi Sigma Iota, an honor society for counselors!
I’ve learned so much, seen so much, questioned so much, experienced so much, unlearned even more, grown so much, thought so much, proven so much, hoped so much, and acquired so much in this past year that I truly see a difference in who I was when I began this M.Ed and who I am now in wrapping up the first year of grad school!
My family, friends, classmates, professors, priests, former teachers, and many others have been there for me in various degrees and ways; some of which you may never even know due to your story coming into mine and interacting with it in many deeply, nuanced, and complicated ways. Providing me with encouragement, insights, new views, new experiences, challenges, help, advice, lessons, and stories shared, you’ve helped me accomplish this great thing I’ve finished so far!
This is one year down and one more to go if I can find an internship placement (please send prayers, good vibes, thoughts, etc. my way for this, please)! Thank you for all your help, love, encouragement, time, and effort!
Above all, thank you for your patience because I know that tolerating and enduring the busy schedule of a friend or family member in grad school isn’t easy. We sacrifice a lot of time for school and our eventual careers that we could spend with you, so I thank you for that!
In conclusion, to lighten the mood, as they sing in the movie “Office Space,” “Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta!” Not really, but you get the humor I hope. Sincerely though, from my heart to yours, thank you! I wouldn’t be here today if not for the many ways your story has interacted with mine and influenced it in some way or another.