It’s hard to believe that three long years of graduate study are coming to an end. My thesis defense earlier this week went really well. I passed with no revisions – whew. I’ll be working on re-formatting my work and then sending it off once again for any other formatting issues. I’d like to say that I feel excited about graduating, but honestly I think I’m too tired to feel much of anything. I’m sure some of my classmates feel very much the same way. I am extremely lucky to have had some amazing professors who supported and encouraged me over the years. First, my advisor, Dr. Cecilia Ayón, who was beyond wonderful. Had it not been for her mentoring through this project, I think I would have given up somewhere along the way. Her feedback and support were invaluable, and she is a respected researcher. My committee was also very encouraging and supportive, Dr. Kelly Jackson and Dr. Paz Zorita. They provided feedback during my defense that will inform and guide all of my future research endeavors, should there be any. Special thanks also to Christina Peete, a good friend, and Laura Guild, my former policy professor, for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend my defense. There are two other professors who have provided ongoing support over the past two semesters. Dr. Melissa Del-Colle, who not only lent a listening ear when I was facing a very difficult situation at one of my internships, but whose words of wisdom and support I will forever be grateful for. And finally, Dr. Elizabeth Anthony, who took a special interest in my thesis project, encouraged me along the way, and from whose classes I have learned and gained so much from. I respect each of these women who set such a high standard not only for the profession of social work, but in their example of mentorship and teaching. I am truly inspired.
Soon, I’ll be looking for a permanent position somewhere; however, first I must complete my current internship at Chandler Fire, Health & Medical with the Crisis Response Team better known as CR288. I should be completely done by the end of June 2015. One more week of school left, one more paper to write, and one more internship to complete, then graduate school will be behind me. I think it’s about time.