The wait is finally over! I have officially been offered and have accepted the research position that I was hoping for. A very exciting milestone. I'm ready to move out of my dorm, get my own apartment and enter the real world. I'm excited, but also a tad nervous which is of course normal. I can't believe my 4 years of college are almost over and that i'll really be entering the real world in a few short months. Hello to two years of paying rent, cooking, working in the professional world, and living the adult life! I'm glad I get these two years to explore myself, my interests, and really enjoy gaining important research knowledge before I apply to PhD programs. I'm super excited because in my new position i'll be getting to work with young kiddos as well as gain valuable research experience! I'll be working in a pretty big lab so another thing i'm excited about is getting to meet the other people and making new friends. I'll also hopefully be living with my close friend from high school (fingers crossed!!!) but if not, I'll probably be attempting to find a different roommate. I think it would be so fun to live with my close friend, but I'm really just hoping that she'll be back in our home state in general. Even if we don't live together, we'll be working in the same general area and we'll get to spend lots of time together. It's been 4 years since we've lived in the same city, and of course I miss her!
I'm so glad I finally have an answer and I know what I'll be doing for the next two years. It feels good to know the path i'm setting out on and have certain ideas of what my life will look like after graduation. It was a but stressful having no idea where I would be or what I would be doing before I had an answer, but now that I do have an answer I can start getting excited about everything that lies ahead. One thing i'm definitely excited about is that I get to start working part time for the lab in just two weeks. I think I would be WAY to excited if I had to wait all the way until graduation to start the training process and start working in the lab. I'm so excited to meet everyone, to work with the kids, and to get even more of an idea of what it will be like to work there. Another plus is that i'll still get to be a counselor at camp this summer, Woo-hoo!!!! I would have been so devastated if I wouldn't have been able to go back for the next two years. Thank goodness I don't have to even think about that!