I have one week of class, 1 week of finals, & then I graduate! Done. With school. Forever. Life planning is definitely getting in the way of the studying and packing that should be happening. I've been in a research intensive setting the last 3+ years, so my original line of thinking was that I needed to get a research job post- grad school. Steady job, normal hours, benefits, good salary. All of my research mentors are cheering for me to stay in research (after making it a little too clear they're disappointed in my not continuing on to get a PhD). While I appreciate everyone's input (whether it was asked for or not), the answers ultimately have to come from within myself. Answers are starting to come, although they're still foggy...
1) Why I went to grad school. When I was swim coaching, my training plans were rooted in tradition and what I had experienced as a swimmer for 13 years. I wanted to know the scientific basis behind training and how the body adapted to exercise. If I was going to "prescribe" exercise to people, I wanted to be able to explain the how's and why's.
2) The 10 year plan. When I envision my life in 10 years, I see coaching- not research. I'm almost 30, and see no reason in wasting time in something that's not my dream. I have the foundation, education, and drive to pursue my passions. It may initially lead to more hours & less pay, but it's time to start building my dream now- not when I'm 35, pregnant, & stressing about Dr. Hottie's next move.
3) Patience! I can't and won't have everything figured out day 1 of living in Utah. I will figure it out eventually & in the meantime I have a whole heap of celebrating to do, will reunite with my husband, and get to know a whole new city!