Greetings from the Mountains

I’m sitting in the Student Union of my new University, where I’ll begin work towards my Master’s degree in a mere THREE DAYS!  The syllabi have me quite intimidated, but I have a light schedule this semester (9 credits, just to make me full time for financial aid purposes) so that I can get into the community, maintain my recovery, have time for studying, working, and self-care.

Thus far, I’m loving it.  It already feels like home — which is saying something, given that it took me 26 or so years to consider my hometown “home.”  I’ve found a job working 15 hours a week watching the son of a couple of professors.  This is a really great set-up, because it means that if the school is closed for weather, I don’t have to be worried about getting to my job, because both parents will be home, too!  That reduces my stress levels considerably, especially given that we don’t get a lot of snow where I come from, just slush, so driving on snow is going to be a new experience and I’d rather not take chances.  Does anybody have experience putting chains on their tires?  I have a 2007 Hyundai Elantra, so it’s not exactly a 4WD vehicle, but I also don’t know if we get enough snow here to make a viable option.

I was just in the bookstore a while ago — not buying books, as my student loan refund has get to register in my bank account, so I can’t even afford ONE book — and was totally geeking out at the art supplies.  I love the fact that part of my degree program involves the visual arts and at some point, I will have to buy art supplies for class!  I just don’t know that I will be able to hold out for the time when I am actually part of such a class to buy things.  The thought of some new brushes and a nice set of watercolours is making me sort of fangirl-y.

In other news, one of my courses is an introduction to multicultural counseling.  I think this is so fabulous.  However, the beginning of every class period (which runs about 2 hours) is a student-led experiential activity.  I kind of wanted to cry and laugh out loud when I read this.  Uh, good thing I have a solid 8 months of experiential activities to draw on, right?  I mean, surely some of these can be adapted for non-eating disorder crowds.

I know it’s only three classes, and I know I haven’t even started them yet, but I am SO excited.  I was all nervous taking the bus to campus this morning and really, it was no problem.  And, thankfully, the buildings I will be in the most often — are all in the same area of campus!  The only thing across campus that I might potentially use is the student rec center — they have a climbing wall (!!!!) and offer some exercise classes (yoga and pilates only, thankyouverymuch).  I’m not even going to bother checking it out today, because it’s a bit chilly and being in the bookstore has inspired me go home and work on a piece of art.  And read.  My next stop?  The library — to check out one of my textbooks that I cannot yet afford and start reading. :)


Photo on 2013-08-17 at 10.26 #2




2 thoughts on “Greetings from the Mountains

  1. I am so excited for you Jess!!! I too am starting grad school in the next week and still can’t believe anyone actually let me in and is willing to give me a masters degree. Life happens fast! Best of luck to you, can’t wait to hear how it all goes.

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