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Grad School Jitters

You always hear the old cliché that time flies, but you never really believe it until it actually hits you. It feels like just yesterday I was starting my college experience. Now, it’s my senior year and I’m starting graduate school. It’s hard to believe that in a year I’ll be finishing up with my schooling and getting into the nitty gritty of real adult life. It’s honestly a little scary how fast time is moving and grad school is more than a little intimidating, but I know I’m ready for this year. Or at least as ready as I’ll ever be. The first two weeks of the semester have already been the hardest of my entire school career, but also the most exciting.

No one will ever be truly ready for the amount of work you get in grad school. It’s a bit overwhelming at first, but all of my professors have assured me that they’re here to help me, not hurt me. It’s a relief to know that Misericordia offers such a strong support system, even for students who need to take things to the next level to finish their degree. The speech program has also prepared me as much as they can for grad school as I worked my way up the ranks. I don’t feel blindsided coming into all of my classes since most of the basic material has already been covered.

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Trust me, I know how hard this year is going to be and how hard I’m going to have to work in order to push through. My professors and past students won’t stop reminding me how different grad school is from your undergrad courses, which doesn’t help my nerves. It’s only the end of my second week and I already have four assignments due. Time management is going to play a big part in keeping me on task this semester. Unfortunately, I’ve already had to make sacrifices in order to stay focused. I won’t be playing field hockey this year, which hurts but I know school comes first. With graduate level courses, clinical work, a job, and making time for myself in order to stay healthy, I had to make this sacrifice for my own sanity. I’ll need to make sure to take care of myself, as long as stay on top of all of my schoolwork.

Misericordia SLP ClinicI’ve never been so excited to start school again. I’m going to learn so much this year, not to mention I get to start clinic. I got a taste of the clinic life last semester with my very first client, but this semester I have six. Clinic was my favorite part of last semester because I actually got to apply all of the information I’ve learned so far, not to mention giving therapy is actually what I want to do for the rest of my life. I also don’t have to take core classes anymore, which is always a plus. All of my classes directly relate to my major.

The only downside to this year is having to take summer classes.

I know I’m going to need to work harder than I ever have this semester. Everything is new, exciting, and a little scary. I’m sure once I get into a rhythm and get to know all of my professors, everything will get easier. This will be the hardest semester of my life, but I’m up for the challenge. I’ve got a great support system behind me and I’m ready to learn as much as I can in such a short time. I’m so excited to see what this year will bring me!

About the Author

Rachel Miroslaw


Rachel Miroslaw, Class of 2021, is a Speech-Language Pathology major at Misericordia University and played field hockey for the Cougars. Rachel is from Tunkhannock and enjoys reading and writing.


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Posted by Dave Pasquini in Academics on Friday September, 20, 2019 at 01:15PM


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