Hello friends, it’s been a while. I took a break from this blog last month for a number of reasons. From saying goodbye to summer to adjusting to grad school, September was overwhelming. Today, I want to explain why I stopped blogging, update you on my life, and give you a sneak peek into the exciting things coming to By Lady Bry this month.
In September, I started graduate school at American University’s School of Communications. After graduating in May with my BA in Public Relations (also at AU), I’m continuing on to pursue my Master’s degree in Strategic Communication. By next spring, I’ll be 23 with two degrees!
It took a lot prayer and nudging on God’s part to get me to grad school. The application was the easy. Once I got in, I had to convince myself that, even though other recent grads were starting their first jobs, grad school is worth it. I honestly wasn’t interested. I didn’t know why I applied. I was so eager to get into the workforce. I thought grad school would put me behind everyone else. But for some reason, God was bent on me going here. After over a year of questioning, praying and considering my options, He opened all the right doors. Now I’m here about a month into grad school, and ….
I love grad school! Even though I’m at the same school, so much is new. My undergrad degree solely focused on public relations, specifically campaigning. My master’s has much more versatility and can be applied to multiple fields. I’m in a whole new class of students. (Yay new friends!) I love how AU attracts students from all over the world, and in the grad program, there’s students at all levels of their careers. I’m in class with entrepreneurs, individuals switching fields, current working professionals, and recent grads like me. This diversity of perspectives makes my class incredibly engaging. My professors, also from a variety of backgrounds, are invested in my success. Plus, I still get the perks of being an AU student, like a subsidized metro pass, an unlimited fitness class pass, and on-campus job fairs.
I finally have peace about my decision to go to grad school. I can feel the confirmation that I have stepped into God’s will, and He really wants me to be here. I’m so grateful to have another year of school to better equip myself and really hone my skills.
And I have no idea what I’m doing next year, so don’t ask. If I took anything away from my job search earlier this year, I learned that God is in control when you’re not. There is no need to waste time and energy worrying. Trust me, I learned this the hard way. His plan is in place, and God has your next destination. He might just make you wait for it. It’s in these times of waiting on the Lord that he equips and grows us in new ways.
TRANSITION & ACCEPTING MY NEW NORMAL
One thing you should know about me: I hate change. Let me repeat that. I hate change! Transition sucks. Moving on from summer, I miss having days off to relax without homework. I miss being able to go on trips for the weekend. I miss having two days off every week to work on this blog. Transitioning from undergrad, I miss being on campus all the time. I miss having a meal plan because on-campus food is so expensive. I miss hosting bible studies as a small group leader in campus ministry.
My grad program only lasts a year. I’m afraid of how fast it’s going to fly by. I want to savor every moment, because after this, I’m done with school forever. Now, I’m working on accepting my new normal: full-time grad school, working part-time, attending a church bible study, and writing this blog. While maintaining a social and devotional life, might I add.
As you can see, I have been juggling a very busy schedule, so much so that I lost this blog in September. I couldn’t figure out how to fit in my schedule. I was overwhelmed by the sudden change. As I come to terms with my new normal, I’m ready to welcome this blog back into my life and get back to writing. I have so many ideas of amazing content for you, especially for students. The fresh start of back to school is over, and now we’re in the thick of it. So I’ll be sharing wellness tips for school throughout the month of October. From study habits to taking breaks to midterms, I’ve got you covered.
Stay tuned for my next blog post coming Friday, October 5!
NEW on By Lady Bry this October
Love By Lady Bry and want MORE? I’m super excited to announce that By Lady Bry is expanding to Twitter and Instagram!
Coming THIS FRIDAY, Oct 6: By Lady Bry joins Twitter: @byladybry
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What are you most excited for this school year? What are you nervous about? I'll go first in the comments below!