Monthly Archives: March 2013

Plateau

Today, I could conquer anything in my way.

As many of you are aware, the past six months have been overshadowed by the stress and uncertain that accompanies the graduate school application process. The application process was degrading and discouraging, but I pulled through it and submitted five applications. At that point, I thought the worst of it was over, but I was wrong.

The uncertainty ate away at my confidence. Horror stories of people receiving “Unfortunately, you were not accepted” letters in rapid succession filtered through my mind, encouraged by the first response I received being a decline. I was in a dark place often as a result of this process.

But all of that is over.

As of tonight, I was accepted to Boston College. Regardless of what the other schools say, I will be attending graduate school in the fall, and I couldn’t be more happy.

One more (massive) obstacle down. One less mountain to climb. This is only the next step in longer, harder journey, but for now, I’m on a plateau. For now, I can breathe easy.

I am extremely grateful to have this hurdle down. This was the encouragement, reassurance I needed. This is the path I will walk, my feet are sturdy, my eyes set to the horizon, the next mountain top.

Life is full of hills and valleys, but I’m thankful to finally have reached a peak. Here, I’ll pause, catch my breath, and resume the endless march tomorrow.

Thank you for all the encouragement. Here’s to the future and great expectations.

-Doug

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