07 December 2012

The Struggles and Triumphs of a Semester

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I had my last day of class about a week ago. My final was this afternoon and I was really nervous, but everything turned out great. It is weird that I have done many presentations before in my undergrad and taught English for a year at BYU-Idaho, but I am still not comfortable AT ALL with talking in front of my class at grad school. It is just so intimidating sometimes. But, like I said, everything turned out just fine. For the final, we had to analyze a composition textbook according to the different theories we learned about this semester. My final was presenting my analysis to the class. I practiced my presentation three times on Lorin and once on Miranda. They were very helpful! All the practice definitely paid off.

So, after completing a semester of graduate school, here are some of my struggles and triumphs:

I guess I will start with the struggles first.
  • Inadequacy. I always compared myself to my classmates, which resulted to feelings of inadequacy. A lot of times, I felt like I didn't know what the heck I was doing. The truth is, everyone feels that way. 
  • Money. Grad school is expensive and Lorin and I will be paying off my student loan for a while. I am deferring until next fall so I can get in-state tuition. 
  • Homework. Doing homework is next to impossible while the baby is awake. This is why I did most of my writing and reading while the baby was sleeping. 
Now, for the triumphs of the semester.
  • Finishing. First off, finishing a class while having a child is a triumph to me. I have a lot of respect for mothers who complete their schooling while taking care of a family. It takes a lot of dedication, hard work, and  skillful time management. 
  •  Knowledge. I have learned so much this semester in the field I am studying. I was telling Lorin today that if I could go back to BYU-Idaho and teach again, I would do things a lot differently. I feel that the information I learned this semester improved my approach to teaching composition. 
  • Understanding. Being at grad school this semester helped me understand the pressures that Lorin faces with being the breadwinner for our family. This was an eye-opening experience for me. He has a lot on his plate with being a husband, a dad, a student, and the source of our main income. I've always known that I need to love and support my husband, but now I have a greater understanding of why I need to do that. I really appreciate what he does. 
Now that this semester is over, and since I will be deferring until fall, I am going to start a new chapter in my life with being a stay-at-home mom. I still have small tutoring job, but most of my time will be spent with my little girl. I'm a little nervous about this, but looking forward to learning and growing in a new setting. 


  1. Whoo! Way to go Sarah for completing those classes! It was so cool to read about your struggles and triumphs and especially better understanding Lorin's pressures to be a bread winner. I am also so grateful for Kevin's hard work to be a substantial supporter in our family.

  2. Congrats on finishing your semester-- that is a HUGE accomplishment!! I hope you have fun staying at home more. Enjoy your extra time!!

  3. yeah for finishing. Yeah for being a full time mom/wife! You will find lots to do, many people to influence, things to learn, challenges to be met, and a fullness of life everywhere! Homemaker is a challenge as well. Yeah for moving forward.. every day!

  4. Congratulations on finishing the semester! That is a huge accomplishment especially with a baby.


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