The last few weeks have been quite the adventure. The amount of change in my life has sent me on a roller coaster. Beginning graduate school, starting a new job, and moving into a new place have all created a new beginning for me.
Toward the end of last year I struggled with the decision of where to attend graduate school. I had been accepted to Northeastern University and Suffolk University in Boston, MA. I had also been invited to interview at Syracuse University here in New York. Each of these universities had some kind of student affairs counseling program that I was interested in. I was also accepted into SUNY Oswego’s mental health counseling program; something that I never really considered for myself.
Through the application process I changed my mind many times. The decision was not easy at all. I had spent 5 years at Oswego and thought I was ready to move somewhere new and begin a new life. I went back and forth between Boston and Oswego over and over again (break into Nelly song here). I spent many sleepless nights researching Boston and looking for potential places to live. At one point I was fully committed to Boston and started to prepare myself for the move. Then, all of a sudden my mind changed and I accepted the offer from Oswego and here I am!
Now, at first someone may think that I am not happy with my decision, but it’s quite the contrary. I am absolutely in love with this college. SUNY Oswego is and always will be my home. Yes, there may be days when I wonder what life would be like if I left, but I could never leave until I’m finished with grad school, and maybe even more after that. I wanted to start a new life somewhere else, but now I can improve my life at a place that I’m comfortable and settled.
Graduate school is something that I always knew I would do. In fact, I wont be done with just my masters degree; I will be moving onto a PhD in the future. Anyway, I am so excited to be in grad school and really love my classes. I never thought I’d pursue a degree in mental health counseling, but I’m very glad I did.