The Amount…

| September 19, 2013

Its the amount….

Let me preface this by saying… I am not complaining about school. I am blessed to be here contending with the various challenges associated with attending a top tier school like teachers College, Columbia University. I recently found out that TC was ranked #2 in professional schools of education in the United States of America. However,…. the amount of work is ridiculously huge, but I won’t cry about it. The challenges in surmounting this huge mountain of work are great, but I won’t cry about it. However, I will state that this ungodly amount of work is a task that is not for the faint of heart. I am challenged and invigorated by this chance to show myself strong in the face of adversity. It’s really not about the amount of assignments, but rather the amount of readings that are connected to the assignments. If I were a dishonest student, or one that was not willing to actually partake in the entirety of the assignment, I would merely gloss over it and complete the work to the best of my ability. I am, however, an honest student that is interested in making myself into the best representation of  “Me” possible.

Graduate study is pretty intense thing to get involved in, and programs like Teachers College, Columbia University are at the top of the list of hard nuts to crack. I am starting to find my pace and rhythm here at school. It excites and encourages me to see gains, however small or large, in the area of my thinking and writing. I love my courses and teachers, thus far, and look forward to working with them the remainder of my time here at Teachers College. Whether it is a easy challenge or a daunting one that tests the heart’s of man, I will overcome it. I knew that attending TC, there was more than a economical price tag attached, and that there would be actual mental and physical taxes that I would face while attending school here. The move, in retrospect, has been easier than I thought and we found an apartment quickly in comparison to many others. I find my job to be interesting and the people I work with to be pleasant and inspiring. The classes, readings, assignments, and activities remind me why I am here. I am here to become the best “Me” that I can be.

SO, no matter what amount (work) is presented me, I will say aloud and repeat several times, “I will preserver to the very end and be all the better for it!” Its not about the amount of work, but more so about how much I want this. Success is my goal in everything I undertake, and I pray that God has provided me with everything I need to succeed at this task. I will be encouraged to hold on and tight to my sanity and my team of support. I have to look at these graduate degrees as merely an opportunity to shine and not the high point of my life. I will remember that life is a collection of all the knowledge and experiences I have been given access too. It is both rich and long, and I enjoy everyday that I get a chance to live it. I live my life to the fullest at all times!

Sincerely,

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