on being a professional student

This has been a week of no exercise and food, and I apologize for that. I've been feeling nostalgic and pensive as I enter my last semester of school, and I want to get it out of me the best way I know how: writing it down.

I think I've been in school long enough to call myself a professional student. I know my work life actually takes up more of my time than school, but school is where my heart is more often. It's difficult to explain to people that I want to be in school more. I love the acquisition of knowledge, researching crazy topics, and spending hours perfecting a statistical study or writing a paper. I've managed to find a job that mirrors a lot of the pleasure I get from learning, but I want to keep learning and pushng the boundaries of knowledge, both for myself and for future learners.

I've been going back and forth about taking some online classes through our community college after I graduate. Johnny will still be in school, and I admit that I get very antsy when I have nothing to do and nothing planned for the future. Right now I'm planning on retaking the calculus series along with some statistics courses and maybe a finance refresher. Why these classes? I'm going to apply for a Ph.D. program for 2016 or 2017. 

I keep saying I'm going to give myself a break, but who am I kidding? I love school. I love learning. I love teaching. I love researching and experimenting. One day, my job will be those things.

Even on my break from being a student, I'm still taking basic refresher courses and studying for the GMAT (apparently my 3.6-something GPA is crap and I need a huge score). I will probably always be a professional student. It's just who I am.

Make it public, make it happen…

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