The Coutdown...4 Months to Go

by Eric Mason

I am currently waiting on two crock-pots full of meals for the next week. I started a saving account (by that I mean I put money in an empty fish bowl). I am up and at the gym before work most mornings. I have had two schools request me to interview for fulltime jobs in the past week. I am finalizing points for a staff training meeting I lead this coming Wednesday.

A year ago, I would not have dreamed of what my life has become. I am a little over four months away from graduating with my Master’s, and the world could be more wide open. Moving out west has tested me and stretched my comfort zone and future goals. The job application process has consumed my life the past few weeks, but I am gaining more leads as to where I will begin my career (nothing beyond interviews currently). As my future becomes clearer, I must remember to focus on what is right in front of me before jumping into a future often beyond my control.

Until then, I must continue focusing on my current assistantship, my research for my capstone paper, and enjoying the life I have carved here in America’s Playground. As cliché as it is, there is truly no time like the present. I love living in southern Nevada. Las Vegas will always hold a special place as the place I truly came into my own identity. Regardless of my next location, I will make the most of living in this truly unique location. For those of you starting or searching for grad schools, location remains a vital factor. The student demographics, school reputation, and your life in general all feed off of the location. As much as we may think our lives revolve solely around campus, there is so much more to explore. I can forever reflect on the period I spent living in Las Vegas, an opportunity few can say they experienced.

Higher education remains a highly demanding field mentally. Compartmentalizing helps me focus on work, school, and personal matters. As my semester schedule begins filling up with presentations, meetings, and possible travel dates, I am reminded of why I love this field. Despite the craziness, I truly love the work I do in helping students while developing myself professionally and personally.

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