I get to pick the electives that I want to take for my last two semesters of my MPH program. Wow. It's kind of hard to imagine that by the end of the year, I'll actually have a graduate degree. I've already started looking for jobs and internships within the realm of public health, and I'm finding all kinds of interesting things that I can do with my degree. Of course, my dream job of working in the BU CTE clinic is far off, but there is a small chance that my resume got their attention. I also am in contact with a groups at UMass Med (Worcester) that conducts research with young people with mental illness in an effort to improve therapy measures specifically targeted for them.

The Penguins' second round series against the Capitals starts tomorrow night, but I also have discussion board posts that need to be done, plus Kyle just gifted me the Grim Dawn Crucible DLC, hoping that I could join in the co-op again tomorrow. Why does everything have to happen at the same time!?
Y'know, when I think back to my time on LJ, there is quite a bit of nostalgia, a bit of regret for letting myself move on, and a touch of cringe, because, well, I was fifteen when I created my original journal, and who wasn't cringey at fifteen?

But there were a lot of memories stored there- high school, making friends, dealing with bullying and the ensuing drama, falling in love for the first time, discovering things about myself, all the way through college, when I started to face life as a person with mental illness. Since my posting petered off, I've gotten and lost a great job, changed my career goals, gone back to school, become a sports fan (I know, something I never thought would happen), started playing video games, and most importantly, I've fallen in love. I met an amazing guy in 2013, and we plan on getting married once I've finished school and gotten a steady income again.

I've definitely changed a lot in the time since I posted that first entry back in... oh god, was it really 2004? That's so long ago. I feel old. I'm turning 30 this year, which is a big milestone. I've come to terms with the fact that I'm nowhere near as close to where I thought I would be at this stage in my life, and the fact that it might take me even more time to fully become what I ultimately wish to be, but I've also learned that I move at a slower pace than most of my peers, and things just take me a bit more time.

So... baby steps. One day at a time.

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