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.
Anyway, I recently found out about the poem ‘Ithaca‘ by Constantine V. Cavafy and it was an extremely inspiring piece. Here is a wonderful audio recording by Sean Connery (with music by Vangelis):
My favorite parts were the first and last ones :
As you set out for Ithaca
hope that your journey is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.
I think I could have been more inspired with the exams had I read about it early on. =D Anyway, it isn’t too late because I could start searching for my own Ithaca now. Fight!
Happy 4y2M Mon! Love you! =D