What I learnt my first year in grad school

So my first year of grad school has come and gone! In many ways it was completely different than I had ever expected ( literally no one could have predicted anything about 2020) and while I do feel I got off to a rough start, I feel I managed to turn it around and end on a high note! I am super excited for the next two years but first wanted to recap what I learned ( from my many trials and errors) for those heading to grad school this fall!

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Second Semester Recap

Needless to say my second semester of grad school did not go down the way I thought at all. I think the transition to online school and work has been a difficult adjustment for the entire world but I do feel pretty confident that I have the hang of it now. While not being on campus did take away some of the experience I am so happy to say I am officially done year one of my program!!! And to celebrate being done one year of grad school I decided to sign up for one more by switching to a double degree program…lol. I am now pursuing both an MST in Transportation and also an MCP, or Masters of City Planning. As I talked about a bit in my first semester recap the STEM nature of my MST degree was a little outside my comfort zone and while I am so happy I pursued and would change absolutely nothing, ultimately I decided doing another year of school to get more policy/industry knowledge would play to my strengths the best. This means that while I did finish all the coursework for my MST requirements, I will spend next year fulfilling the courses for MCP and then my third year will be spent writing a joint thesis.

While this semester definitely had its up and downs I feel way more academically confident and am super excited for what is ahead!

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