I finally had a very good Christmas compared to last year. =) Exactly a year ago today, I was in a mortal peril and the vivid memory of what transpired that time seemed to have happened only yesterday. But what is past is past, and I was more than happy to pig out on things I never got to eat last year. We were also back to our normal tradition of letting the kids open all of the gifts under our tree. We line them up from smallest to biggest, and allow them to tear the wrappers one by one. I was most particularly excited for Brie to open her gift because Elsa finally got a sibling. But to my astonishment, she seemed more delighted with the books Mon and I gave to her, which is always a good sign. Hopefully, she gets to like books the same way I do until now. The whole Christmas morning until afternoon, I was busy playing with JB’s toys and I even took a couple of ensemble photos of Brie’s Frozen dolls a day after.
Well, the cat has been out of the bag last week, and all I had to do was just claim the letter that made the result official. I left the house at around 11:15 AM, and I knew that there was no way that I will reach the department before it closes for lunchbreak. When I was already by the Asian Center, it was only then that I had an idea to call and advise if I can claim the letter even if it was already lunch break. Things eventually went well and I was able to claim my letter:
I can’t help but just be amazed over how fast time went by. It seems only yesterday when I was trying to complete the requirements to apply for graduate school. The program only has first semester admission, that I even enrolled 3 units of non-degree in the preceding second semester because I was really very impatient to go back to school. I even took a picture of the admission letter when I got it on May 11, 2009.
But a year after starting, I was already at the point of breaking down. The level of stress was something I did not anticipate, especially as I’m also working full-time. When I was still in undergrad, everything seemed to go on quite smoothly because I had a very strong support group. In graduate school, on the other hand, we were virtually left to fend for ourselves and bonds among classmates were admittedly not that strong.
I also had to literally brave the waters as I experienced two calamities within the same period that I started and ended my studies. Back in September 26, 2009, I had to leave the house even if it was already raining non-stop becayse I was the last person to report in our last day of my first semester in graduate school. I need not elaborate on how devastating that day was because it almost swept my whole family away. O_O Then in August 7, 2012, exactly a day after I took the first part of my comprehensive exams, the heavy rains of the southwest monsoon brought another bout of flood in our area.
My favorite parts were the first and last ones :