Of course I can also see t w o m o r e y e a r s of grad school on the other SIDE of the finish line but for now I'm pretending that there is actually an end to my career as a student. I'm in my happy place so don't mess it up for me!
This quarter was one of the best I've had yet. I didn't procrastinate to the point where I had to pull an all-nighter (or three) to finish, the Wetlands Field Trip project was SO MUCH FUN (and I rocked a 100% on it - shameless bragging), the Children's Lit class was a wonderful way to start thinking about actually teaching and my thesis is coming along nicely.
Even the one incredibly frustrating group project in Kid Lit taught me a lot about working with groups of people and how important it is for teachers to maximize participation and get kids interested in the materials.
I'm still pissed at a certain member of my group who is NOT a team player, NEVER listens to directions, and thinks doing something half-assed is acceptable. But I learned from the experience. I learned that I wish stupid people had something tattooed on their foreheads so I would know not to be in a group with them.
So I'm on break now and am not going to read/think about/look at/breathe on anything that even suggests the appearance of having anything to do with school.
For seven days.
Then it's back to the grindstone for the home stretch. It certainly is a marathon and not a sprint - and I'm really glad it's almost over!