#SAfit meets #SAgrad

By Eric Ruelle

There's an old adage about life being a marathon, not a sprint. I can see the parallels between that metaphor and my current experience as a graduate student. 

The race began for the new academic year started for myself and other SAgrads at Loyola University Chicago. We all set out with our goal still far off in the distance, and just after Labor Day weekend, it dawned on many of us that this was not going to be easy. We saw the level of effort that will be needed in order to do well. Same for any run I've ever done (competitive or just fun runs): it doesn't take long before you realize that your legs are moving, and need to keep doing so, in order to get somewhere. Then there were those of us who turned to the second-years for calming reassurance, but some of their faces were as red as ours! Fortunately for them, they have at least some idea what run we're actually on and familiar with what obstacles may come along the trail. 

Back when I was in high school, my cross country teammates gave me the nickname Rocket for a variety of reasons, one of them being my propensity to sprint out of the starting gate and then fall back in with my regular mile splits. I am at the point where I feel like I'm now setting my pace. I've juggled a few assignments with my assistantship, and starting to find my groove. New terrains will inevitably be in my future, but this is the route I'm on, and I'm still as excited about it.

Student Affairs - the First Years

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