Saturday, February 13, 2010

924 days

Wow, when you look at it that way, it seems kind of intimidating. I was joking with my friend Jeanetta yesterday about how I wouldn't do a count down because it was just be overwhelming. Well, the glutton for punishment that I am decided to do it anyway, and yep, it's really intimidating. So much changes in 924 days.

So I decided to blog about grad school for a couple of reasons. First, I thought it would be really fun when this journey is over to look back on it from the beginning. There will surely be ups and downs, and I think it will be interesting to reflect on the experience. Another reason is for my family to keep up with me. It is really hard to express the kind of time commitment this is unless you are walking through it. Nathan definitely has a good perspective of it, but I want my family to know that I am not choosing to not be around. It is more out of necessity.

So from the beginning so far....

Graduate school officially started on January 13th, 2010. I have to admit that I did underestimate the kind of commitment this would be. This semester, I am taking Biostatistics and Nursing Policy and Politics. My nursing class is going well so far. Essentially, it is one huge group project that makes up the grade. I am not sure how I feel about my group. With the exception of a couple of people, they really procrastinate. I have kind of taken charge to try to keep things on track, so I am not sure now they will feel about me at the end of this. I do know one thing, even if I have to do the whole project alone, we will make a good grade!

Statistics, statistics, statistics....what can I say, but I had a complete meltdown over statistics the first week of class. We had to take a pretest (might I add that it was for the doctoral students at George Washington University) and I completely BOMBED it! I was hysterical! LOL, looking back, I should have listened to Nathan. The whole time I was freaking out, it just kept saying, "Babe, it's just a pretest." So on to week 2. I understood the assignment, or so I thought, but I made an 81 on the assignment. Once again, hysterical. LOL! Bless my Mom and Nathan who had to be my cheerleaders that week. I am happy to say that I think I am finally in a groove in the class though because for weeks 3 and 4, I made 100s on both assignments. Note to self, freaking out and meltdowns are not allowed until after week 3!

So that's enough for now. I am going to keep these posts shorter from now on because I know that most of you do not have the time or patience to read a novel each time, and I can't blame you! Last thing though, I need to give a shout out to my AWESOME, HANDSOME, FUNNY, and BRILLIANT brother (because I told him I would)!!


  1. I'm proud of you Ashley! Good job, I know you'll do great!!

  2. I think it is a GREAT idea to blog about your experience!! I will be glad to read about your progress!! You are going to do awesome!

  3. you can do it! can't wait til we can come to your office :) love you! JEN