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July 25, 2013

Time To Celebrate

Time to celebrate!  It is hard to believe it... but today marked my very LAST day to be with my third and final externship.  Put a fork in me, I am D.O.N.E!  A lot of people have asked me lately what it feels like to be done, and a huge part of me wants to laugh (and cry) and respond "Done? I've only just begun!"  I once heard someone mention to me that once graduate school ends, the real learning begins, and I am growing to see that more and more, this is so true.

It's a scary thing to be done and not know what my next step will be.  I do know that my hands are tied for the immediate future in terms of job interviews, because it will take about a month for my degree to post to my transcript and I can't apply for licensure until that happens, so I am kind of in this weird, purgatory, SLP-CF holding pattern until the nitty gritty paperwork gets processed.  This is frustrating in a way, because I really want to start seeing what's out there, but I can't really get my wheels turning to do that until I am more closer to being able to say that my license is being processed.

This post goes out as sort of a 'thank you' to all those who helped make this dream a reality for me.  I remember four long years ago when I thought this moment might never come... and it finally has.  It has been marked with joy, sorrow, laughter, tears, determination, bitterness, excitement, frustration, and everything in-between.  Thank you to everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for standing beside me while I climbed this mountain of an academic adventure.  I've finally made it to the top!

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