Wow, so I see it has been since April since I have posted anything…what happened? Just busy! April on through May proved to be a busy time due to the semester winding down. June was a month off…well, from Millikin at least. I took two online courses at a local community college over the summer. And then July, well, here I am! I apologize to all of my subscribers (or would be subscribers if it were an option). I make the promise that I will regularly update my blog from here on out.
So what else have I been up to? Well, I am off my rant of National Shut It Down Day. I lost power for a day this week and realized that I need technology. I am also sad to say that I never found any of those elusive morel mushrooms I talked about back in Spring. And I have been too busy for fishing. However, I did take a vacation to Michigan over Memorial Day weekend with my wife for our anniversary. And I did the parental requirement of visiting Disney World in Orlando, FL a week ago. (*Note* In my profile blog accessible to PACE students I have stated that, for a fee, I will shout, “I am going to Disney World” when I graduate. If anyone knows Bob Iger – CEO of Disney – please tell him.)
Now, on to the important part! Classes started back up a couple of weeks and it is amazing how it is when you get into your cohort how you instantly have around 25 new friends. Getting back to Millikin and seeing those familiar faces reminds you that you aren’t in this alone. It is an important part of how the PACE program is structured. Everyone around you is in the same position as everyone else. If the current course has several projects due, it is the same for everyone. It can be stressful, but by having your friends in the cohort, you can often get help or ideas. Your classmates are a valuable resource to you and your progression.
But don’t just stop there; include family, friends, and co-workers. Whoever can assist you in a supportive manner: include them! Don’t attempt this on your own. My wife and family play a huge role in my education. I know that without them I wouldn’t be where I am at today.
So to them I say: Thank You!
I also want to take a moment to say congratulations to my wife on the completion of her Master’s degree in Forensic Science. She will probably be mad and embarrassed, but I am proud of her and feel the need to share it with the world!