March 14, 2010 - 10:18 PM
I have been sharing some about the odd experience I'm having transitioning out of the Couples and Family Therapy (CFT) program and the UO. There are a lot of important pieces of my program that I am quickly finding myself thrown in the midst of, preparing pieces and parts of a major paper (about 90 pp.) that I have to write, beginning my thoughts about job searching, saying goodbye to classes with professors, and planning last-term social events with my friends.
I hadn't really paid attention to the fact that I had my last term with two of the core faculty for the CFT program this term and now those classes are over. It wasn't brought up by anyone until the last day of classes and it was a shock to hear. I was so focused on the goal of sleeping in during Spring Break and anxiously waiting for classes to finally be done that I didn't even stop to recognize the preciousness of that time in class. These two professors, Deanna Linville and Jeff Todhal, have given me more than they are aware of. All of the faculty in the CFT program have always given above and beyond what I expected. They are a dynamic team and they have created a phenomenal program which, deservedly, gains national attention. I am so sad to think that I won't have class with Deanna or Jeff again. It feels so surreal. I have been dreading the end of this program and no amount of wanting to hold on to this time is making time slow down. It's funny, but I almost feel guilty for wanting Spring Break. Only almost. How can it be that I still have a full term left and I already have to say goodbye? Weird!
This awareness isn't all a bad thing though. The realization has brought the cohort closer together and we are planning series of fun activities for our last term together. So far we have a massive clothing/household item exchange, designing and making cohort t-shirts or hoodies, a craft time at brushfire, an open gym night at a local gymnastics studio, and various movie dates planned. There is also rumor of a big party to celebrate the completion of our massive papers and presentations that we all have to do to graduate. I am excited for all of these and only hope that I can be good about making the time to participate to the fullest.
Well, I'm sure you all will hear a lot more about these sorts of things in my future blogs. I have a lot ahead of me before I'm done and the transition has officially started. It will only get crazier and weirder from here.