To #MakingItCount: The Last 2 Months of Graduate School

By Luis H. Garay

 By the time this post goes live, I will be closer than ever to graduation. By the time this post goes live, it will be close to the last two months of graduate school.

A couple of weekends ago some of my cohort members and I travelled up to the city for dinner at our favorite Kansas City food spot (shout out to Vietname Café on Campbell!) and a night out on the town. It was super great to be in the city and take a step away from work and school. After coming back into town, I couldn’t help but think how much fun I had that night and the day after. I also couldn’t help but think how much I not only was looking forward to more of these fun nights but really treasure the last few months of graduate school.

The last two months of graduate school will undoubtedly be busy. I mean, with job searching, placement exchanges, conference, graduate classes, assistantship work, and other end-of-the-year wrap ups, how can it not be? The one thing I hope I remember is to stop, breathe, and enjoy these last moments with cohort peers who have not only become friends but family. I hope I remember to live in the moment and forget for a little while the work which is back in my office or my apartment.

You ask, “So, Luis, I like what you’ve written so far. But, what’s up with the hashtag?” Well, dear SAFirstYears reader, I am here to challenge you. I am especially here to challenge you if you are a second year and graduation is only months away. I challenge you to think, how am I #makingitcount these last moments with professors, friends, supervisors, co-workers? Lastly, I invite you to share these experiences via the #makingitcount hashtag. Share moments, pictures, funny quotes, and anything you want to remember about these last few months. They say once you post something on the internet it doesn’t go away. Why not center these moments on a hashtag which we can come back to in a week, a month, or a year?

(Side note: The inspiration behind the hashtag comes from the 1997 film “Titanic”. In one scene, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack Dawson speaks about his life prior to boarding the RMS Titanic. In his mini-monologue he says, “I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count.” Then all raise their glass and say, “To making it count”.)

Lastly, this hashtag does not have to be only for second-year graduate students! I welcome any other graduate student, professional, or aspiring graduate students to share via the hashtag to celebrate taking a breath and living in the moment too.

So, SAFirstYear reader, how are you #makingitcount?

Thanks for reading! :)

Tweet me your thoughts on this blog post at @LuisHGaray. What will you do to make sure you are #makingitcount? 

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