The first week of summer school is over and I only have six more to go until my commencement. I’m hoping that these weeks FLY by because I’m looking forward to the Fall semester to start graduate school. My course load isn’t too heavy, just one Physics class, although that includes three separate classes–a lecture, a laboratory, and recitation. But, I’m also a research assistant for Southern University’s Engineering Department. They have a summer program for high school students called STEI and I am a robotics assistant on Mondays and Wednesdays and a regular assistant on Tuesdays and Thursday. Both roles are interesting and not to mention, I get paid to have fun. There’s even talk about me conducting the robotics workshop next summer, if needed. These doors just keep opening!

About five years ago, I didn’t see this. Well, I knew I wanted to graduate college and start my career, but there were still things that I was unsure about. I guess that was mainly due to all of the distractions that I had going on and things that I allowed to deter me. Even now, I’m struggling with a decision that I don’t want to make, but ultimately needs to be made. Everything that I’ve always wanted to experience (i.e., the internships, research opportunities (paid and unpaid) I’m experiencing and I can’t allow anything to stand in my way. I’m looking at my life now as a second chance to do what I should have done in the first place. I won’t take it for granted.

I have plans. I have goals. I want nothing less than a 3.5 GPA throughout my graduate career. I want more internships, more research and more job opportunities. I want to finish within a year or 1-1/2 yrs. I want to move back to the city, in my first purchased home..where the commute to my job is only 10-15 minutes instead of 30-45 minutes. Then maybe, maybe I’ll then want to get my Ph.D.

I know what I want and I’ve put in entirely too much work to not attain my goals. I’ve made too many sacrifices, cried too many nights, and screamed to the top of my lungs in frustration too many times to not have every single thing that I want.

I want a good life–a good, fulfilling life.

And dammit, that’s exactly what I will have. Mock my words.

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