And just like that, everything changes.
I'm certain when they told us during orientation, "look left, look right -- these folks just may be your path to a new future," they didn't mean right then, and certainly not during the most intense week of the most intense semester of the program.
But that's just the way it goes. Sometimes you just gotta' grab the chance and jump right in.
In the past few weeks, we've had an exam for Econ, developed a presentation and a paper, and experienced our first taste of a died-in-the-wool, old-school case study method professor ...
It's hard to believe we're at Week 26 -- halfway through the first year, 25% through the program as the calendar reads. We're closer to 30% or more complete by credit hours, and in a few weeks we'll be over a third. Funny, but there is not the sense of accomplishment we felt at the end of last semester -- for better or worse, the late nights feel normal, and the prep we're doing for our team presentation tomorrow feels routine. Yes, we can check off another class and 3 credits, but we know already what's next, and the time that lays ahead of us. Having a full week off for July 4 was a minor hiccup, but now it's full on, adjusting to the new realities of the lives we're meant to lead.
Just like that, everything changes.