Well, I did it!!! I survived my first semester of graduated school. I have completed one semester towards a PhD in experimental psychology. There were many days I didn't think I would make it, many days I asked if this was for me, many days I wonder if all of the hard work, time away from my kids, and tears were worth it. Looking back I can say they were! I feel SO accomplished!! While I don't have my final grades (I turned in my take home final yesterday and just finish my neuro final tonight), I feel pretty good about how I did and am pretty sure I passed!!! Not only did I pass but, I wasn't the worse in my class!!! There is something to be said for that!!! I did it all and I did it well even with 2 little ones and a husband that travels!!! Yay for me!!!!!
So you might have the question, if you have been reading my other posts, "Am I going back?" The answer, as of now, is YES. I AM going back next semester. I went in the other day to tell my advisor that I was quitting, that I couldn't handle it ALL and while I was telling him this I was crying. I didn't want to give up something I was enjoying. I do enjoy learning and doing research and I was afraid that if I quit there would be nothing left for me. I would go back to being a house keeper and chef and I wanted more. So, after talking to Doug we decided that I should take less classes but give it another shot. So I am. I think next semester will be different. My first class doesn't start until 12:30 and my classes are back to back verses having a class start at 8am and then another at 2:30. I'm excited to see what next semester has in store for my family and I!!! Stay tuned!!!