Personal Journey

Isolation – AKA Grad School

In one of my classes we had a guest speaker. She has SMA and just recently graduated from SLU with her Masters. Her entire story was incredibly inspiring, but one thing she said was really relatable.

Grad school is built for isolation.

WOW. I couldn’t agree more. It really is! I have friends who are in every year at SLU, but man alive is it different.

Often times I find myself wishing that I could go back to last year when I thought school was hard, but the grass is always greener on the other side I suppose.

Gross Anatomy this summer was hard enough and I thought the level of difficulty ended there. Oh, how naïve, Alison. While a slightly different kind of difficult, it still really pushes my limits.

It’s no secret that I have major testing anxiety, but -again- gross anatomy made it worse. When the only grades in the class are exams and you already had testing anxiety, it doesn’t get much better from there. Upon entering grad school, I’ve realized that pure exam grades will forever be the rest of my college career. I am trying my best, though, by being an advocate for what I need!

Grad school isn’t bad by any means, it’s just really challenging. I’ve had to lay back on things I used to be involved in simply because I just need more time to study than the average person. (It’s also the reason I haven’t posted in awhile). PMemorization isn’t my strongest ability and I try to actually learn the material over rote memorization anyway. It just takes a really long time. I only have 2 more semesters though, so there’s the light at the end of the tunnel.

In addition, this information is -for the most part- relevant and important to know for my future career. I guess I just want to ask for some prayers and positive vibes so that I can finish out this and the next 2 semesters strong before I go out into the real world.

Here’s to next time!

P. S. I guess it’s also pretty cool that I get to sign my name “Alison Bennett, MOTS” now!

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